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Lake99 Workshop: Managing the Great Lakes of the World, Implementing the Watershed Approach

This international workshop was organized by LakeNet at the 8th International Conference on Sustainable Management of Lakes (Lake 99) in Copenhagen, Denmark, 17-21 May 1999. The objective of the half-day workshop was to promote the exchange of experience among people from around the world who are responsible for managing large lakes.

In a peer group setting, community leaders and knowledgeable practitioners of lake management from from eight of the 'great lakes' of the world presented short case studies of their own experience based on two common broad themes but highlighting the highest priority issues unique to each lake: (1) forming effective cooperation and collaboration among government, private businesses, NGOs and citizens; and (2) inter-jurisdictional approaches, especially those relating to international borders but also including inter-provincial boundaries.

The workshop was a turning point for LakeNet. Rather than the traditional format of a scientific conference, LakeNet facilitated an interactive discussion among the panel of speakers and workshop participants. Every day during the World Lakes Conference, participants continued to gather during lunch, facilitated by LakeNet's co-founders David Read Barker and Lisa Borre, to discuss other topics of interest and to plan global network activities. In addition to the representatives of lakes invited to the workshop, conference participants from lakes in Guatemala, Hungary, India and Denmark joined in the discussions. The participants in these discussions became known as 'founding members' of LakeNet for their strategic guidance and advice in transforming an informal group into a global network.

The workshop also solidified what has become an important partnership with ILEC, the conference organizers and long-standing scientific organization. With the encouragement of Prof. William D. Williams, the results of the workshop were published in a special issue of the ILEC journal Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management. LakeNet signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with ILEC in 2001.



Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management, Special Issue edited by LakeNet, Volume 6:3  (PDF) Announcement. Blackwell Science-Asia. 7/31/2001.

Workshop Announcement  (PDF) LakeNet. 3/1/1999.

Workshop Summary  (PDF) LakeNet. 5/29/1999.


Participating Lakes

Baikal (Ozero Baykal)
Laguna de Bay
Peipsi (Chudskoe, Peipus, Pskovsko-Chudskaya)
Titicaca (Lago Titicaca)
Toba (Danau Toba)


Participating Organizations

The following organizations are participating in this program:

International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC)
Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA)
Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP)
Lake Ohrid Conservation Project (LOCP)
Lake Titicaca Binational Autonomous Authority (ALT)
Lake Toba Heritage Foundation - Yayasan Perhimpunan Pencinta Danau Toba (LTHF - YPPDT)
Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO)
Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation (CTC)
Tahoe-Baikal Institute (TBI)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


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