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Neva River flowing into Baltic Sea from Lake Ladoga
The project, initiated in April 2008, first identified core group members (CGMs). CGMs have identified the case study lake basins, as well as the local project teams (LTPs) working in them. The CGMs and LTPs then developed a research collaboration framework for the analysis of lake basin governance challenges, by identifying the key issues through consultative visits and ILBM workshops. Together with LTPs, CGMs have been working to improve the ILBM knowledge base. The LTPs, on the other hand, have been exploring means of addressing governance improvement challenges by applying the relevant information and knowledge explored by using the ILBM knowledgebase search engine, gLAKESh (see Section 9)

Plans and Activities for Fiscal Year 2008
Outlines of the quarterly activities for Fiscal Year 2008 were as follows:

First Quarter
A series of consultative meetings was held in May (during the project preparatory period) among the prospective project members from Shiga University, University of Shiga Prefecture, and International Lake Environment Committee, through which the Gore Group Members (CGMs), consisting of Japanese and overseas experts, were identified.
In mid-May, some of the CGMs made a consultative visit with institutions and organizations in the Lake Suwa area to discuss cooperation on lake basin governance research. Possibilities for future cooperation were particularly discussed with the Institute of Mountain Science, Shinshu University.
The first overseas consultative visit was made with the World Lake Conference Secretariat in Beijing (May 30). The 13th World Lake Conference was to be held in Wuhan, China in November 2009, during which a special ILBM session also was to be organized.
An intramural research promotion committee was established in early June. The first working group meeting (WGM1; June 13-16) was convened to decide the details of project activities for the fiscal year. WGM1 participants comprised about ten Japanese and overseas GCMs. The members elaborated the selection of case study lakes; identification of major basin governance issues and challenges; development of Guidelines for Preparing a Lake Briefs by local project teams (LPTs);and refinement and improvement of the existing ILBM knowledge base system (LAKES). The WGM1 members subsequently participated in a field visit to Lakes Kasumigaura, Teganuma, and Inbanuma.

Field investigation of Lake Chini (Malaysia) Field investigation of Lake Chini (Malaysia) Ujjani Reservoir (India)

Second Quarter
Field visits to the overseas project sites began during this quarter. The activities conducted by the project included participation in the ILBM expert meeting and field visit organized by the National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM) (July 1-16), and field visits to Lakes Ladoga, Chudskoe (Peipsi) and Ilmen, with the support of the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Science (August 7-15). Another ILBM workshop, hosted by the Indian Association of Aquatic Biologists (IAAB) was convened for Lakes Hussain Sagar and Ujjani (August 27-September 4). The project also organized an Expert Group Meeting on GIS-Remote Sensing (July 26-August 2). The second working group meeting (WGM2; August 20) was held during the Stockholm World Water Week (August 17-23), with the participants conducting a rigorous survey of the latest information on global water issues and challenges with relevance to lake basin governance. The second intramural research promotion meeting was held at the end of July, and the second meeting of experts on the development of a knowledge base was held at the end of August.

Lake Chudskoe (Russia) Lake Chini (Malaysia) Waterfront of Lake Begnas

Third Quarter
A consultative visit was made to the Jin River basin, South Korea (particularly the reservoir and river basin in the upstream Daejon area; September 17-20), where major government agencies, as well as non-governmental agencies and citizen groups, are working in the field of water and environmental quality issues related to management of major reservoirs.
Beginning in October, a series of consultative visits was made to (i) Laguna de Bay in the Philippines (October 8-15); (ii) Lago de Chapala in Mexico (October 8-15): (iii) Lakes Chini and Bukit Merah in Malaysia (November 15-23); and (iv) Lakes Phewa, Rupa, and Begnas in Nepal (December 14-20). The main discussion topics were urbanization and global warming @in the Philippines; land development and soil erosion in Malaysia; and the effects of deforestation and the collapse of glacial lakes in Nepal. Malaysia and Nepal will utilize ILBM as a central conceptual basis for the development of their respective national lake basin management policies.
Further, the third working group meeting (WGM 3) was held during the Lago de Chapala workshop in Mexico, including revision of the Guidelines for Preparation of a Lake Brief.

Discussion at Lake Chini Research Center (Malaysia) Crossing Lake Rupa in a dugout boat (Nepal)  

Fourth Quarter
A project on the development of inter-linkages between the World Lake Database (WLDB) and LAKES (the prototype knowledge base for lake basin governance; see Section 9) was initiated in February. The WLDB is managed by ILEC, with LAKES originally developed as part of the interagency collaboration between ILEC and the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN). A field visit was undertaken in the Lake Shinji and Lake Nakaumi region in Japan to initiate research collaboration with the Shimane University research team and other local institutions (January 28-31). In regard to overseas activities, a second consultative meeting was held with the already-identified LPTs in the northwestern region of Russia, along with participation in the Baltic Sea Forum (March 17-21). The Baltic Sea is considered an important lentic water system, for which application of ILBM would be very appropriate. A brief exchange was made with a Helsinki Commission representative on matters related to ILBM and Baltic Sea issues. The first Project Annual Review Meeting was held during March 2 through 8. (Refer to Task No. 13 in Annex).

April Consultative visit to Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science (Beijing; April 18-19)
Field visit to Lake Suwa region (Lake Suwa, Nagano, Japan; April 29 - May 1)
May ILBM Workshop for Lake Dianchi, China (Kunming; May 3-23)
June Field visit to Tone River (Kita-Kanto Basin, Japan; June16-18)
July Participation in Lake Chini ILBM Workshop (Bangi, Malaysia; July 3-8)
Field visit to Lakes Saroma, Shikotsu and Utonai (Hokkaido, Japan; July 16 - 21)
August ILBM consultative visits and workshops in India (Udaipur, Bhopal and Pushkar; August 7-16)
Stockholm World Water Week, and site visits to Lake Constance and its watershed
(August 7-27)
September ILBM consultative visit and stakeholder workshop in the Lake Lanao basin (Malawi City, Lanao de Sul, Philippines; 2-9 September)
Expert Group Meeting on the application of ILBM framework for lake basins in Japan (Representatives from Japanese lake basins) Kusatu (17-20 September)
October 13th@World Lake Conference 2009, (Wuhan, China; October 30 - November 9)
November -December ILBM consultative visit and stakeholder workshop in Lerma-Chapala Basin (Field
trip in Rio Lerma Basin; workshop in Morelia, Mexico; November 30 - December 7)
January-February Collaboration with Ministry of Environment project, gILBM and Sanitation in
Africah (Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Uganda; January 27-February 14)
Annual Review Meeting (The Malaysian National Seminar on Lake Basin Management, and Annual Review Meeting of ILBM-Governance Project, Bangi, Malaysia: February 21-March 1)
March ILBM and Sanitation in Africa, 1st Year Review Meeting (Tokyo, Japan; 20 March)
Testing of LAKES (Learning Acceleration and Knowledge Enhancement)
The Nepalese National Workshop on ILBM (Katmandu and Pokara, Nepal; March 26-27)
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