together people and solutions to protect and restore the health
of the world's lakes
LakeNet is a global network of people and organizations dedicated to the
conservation and sustainable development of lake ecosystems throughout the
The network was most active from 1998 to 2008, when
it was supported by the LakeNet secretariat, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization governed by a
15-member Board of Trustees with a team of professional staff and
guided by an international steering committee with regional representatives in
Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
The nonprofit organization known as "LakeNet" was dissolved at the end of 2008.
Some of the information sharing and exchange activities of LakeNet were assumed
by the GEF's IW:LEARN program. The World Lakes Website was transferred to the network's co-founders and
continues to be maintained by them as an archive of the network's
Our vision is a world of healthy lakes that support
thriving human and natural communities.
The mission of the organization which created this website was to work with people and organizations
to protect and restore the health of lake ecosystems
throughout the world. For more than a decade, LakeNet supported information
services, exchanges, assistance programs and policy work aimed at improving
the stewardship of lake ecosystems by educating and
inspiring people, cultivating leadership, and strengthening