17th World Lake Conference (Lake Kasumigaura, Ibaraki, JAPAN 2018)
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Start Date: 
Mon, 2018-10-15 08:00 - Fri, 2018-10-19 20:00
Lake Kasumigaura, Ibaraki, JAPAN 2018

Many of the world’s lakes are facing serious problems that threaten the sustainability of their life-supporting ecosystem services, including increasing pollution, loss of biodiversity, and the negative effects of climate change.

Recognizing these serious problems, the Convention on Biological Diversity was concluded in 1992 as an international framework for the comprehensive conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of biological resources. At the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) held in Japan in 2010, a new strategic plan of the Convention was adopted, representing a new global direction for biodiversity since 2011.

A large-scale comprehensive evaluation on ecosystems, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment advocated by the United Nations also was implemented from 2001 to 2005. The results of this global assessment suggested ecosystem changes affect human health and well-being. In addition, "consideration of the value of ecosystem services" and "recovery of damaged ecosystem" were also proposed as long-term goals. Relating these goals to the lake environment also raised awareness of "sustainable management of water and sanitation" and "terrestrial ecosystem, forest management, coping with desertification, conservation and recovery of biodiversity" as key issue to be addressed on a global scale.

In consideration of these realities and their implications for human and ecosystem well-being, it was decided to host the 17th World Lake Conference with the theme of "Harmonious Coexistence of Humans and Lakes- Toward Sustainable Ecosystem Services."


Contact Person: 
Prof. Daniel Olago