The Research Center for Sustainability and Environment, Shiga University, has been conducting the Lake Basin Governance Project since April 2008. This project was designated as a Grant-in-Aid project for Promotion of Special Education Research by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.The purpose of the project is to promote research on the basis of international cooperation to facilitate academic research and exchange on the concept of lake basin governance. The development of a knowledge base system focusing on Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM) [Box 1] is an especially important component of this project. To achieve this goal, the Basin Policy Research Forum was established in July 2007 by the Center, in cooperation with the University of Shiga Prefecture and International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC). Based on consultative field visits and collaboration research at selected focal study sites around the world, the project center, in collaboration with local project teams (LPTs), will convene workshops on integrated lake basin management (ILBM) that will serve as the basis for achieving the sustainable use and conservation of lake basin resources.

Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM)

Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM)
ILBM is a concept that promotes sustainable use and conservation of water resources by the stakeholders, individuals, and organizations with management responsibility for a particular lake basin, taking into account the characteristics of the hydrostatic system particular to lentic water bodies, such as lakes. The worldfs lake environment cannot achieve sustainability without the existence of relevant organizations and mechanisms; preparation of policy frameworks and legal systems; promotion of stakeholder participation; acquisition of scientific knowledge, understanding of the possibilities and limitations of technical versus non-technical approaches, and the procurement of sustainable financial sources with a long-term political commitment (For example, see gA Userfs Guide to the GEF-LBMI Report, gManaging Lakes and their Basins for Sustainable Use: How Can We Stop Degradation of the Worldfs Lake Environments? Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM): Towards Preservation and Sustainable Use of Lake Ecosystemsh, 2007). The basic ILBM concept was developed during the process of summarizing the results of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) / World Bank project, entitled gTowards a Lake Basin Management Initiative,h which was executed by the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC) between 2003 and 2005, with the assistance of some members of this Project.

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