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Lake Biodiversity Conservation Workshop at the 9th World Lakes Conference


Lakes and their surrounding watersheds are critical habitats for fish, crustaceans, mussels, turtles, amphibians, birds, mammals, insects and aquatic plants. The ancient lakes, including Lakes Biwa, Baikal, and Malawi are just a few examples of the tremendous biological diversity found in the world’s lakes. This rich web of diverse life in and around lakes sustains human communities, but can only continue to do so if protected from unsustainable exploitation.

On November 13, 2001, LakeNet convened a workshop session at the 9th World Lakes Conference in Otsu, Japan. In this workshop session, Laurie Duker, LakeNet’s Conservation Director presented the results of a study which proposed a preliminary set of 250 lakes as global lake biodiversity conservation priorities. Conference participants interested in this topic were invited to join an interactive discussion on the topic of biodiversity conservation for the world’s lakes. Participants shared information and experiences with others interested in conserving the world’s lakes.

Workshop Objectives

(1) Exchange information on conserving biological diversity of the world’s lakes; (2) Provide input on the criteria and a framework for establishing priorities for a strategy to conserve biological diversity of lake ecosystems; and (3) Network with others interested in global initiatives to conserve lakes.



Lake Biodiversity Workshop Agenda at the 9th World Lakes Conference  (PDF) Interim Project Report. Final. LakeNet. 11/13/2001.

Lake Biodiversity Workshop Summary at the 9th World Lakes Conference  (PDF) Interim Project Report. Final. LakeNet. 12/31/2001.


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