This Forum takes the form of salon-style
discussions on many aspects of river and lake basin governance challenges.
Its participants include experts representing a wide range of disciplines.
Some of the subject areas covered include: (1) global warming and
agriculture; (2) diminishing phosphorus resources and the effects
on lake water quality management; (3) payment for watershed services
(PWS) as an approach to lake basin management; (4) prevailing and
past policies and problems on basin management and water resources
management; and (5) laws and policies pertaining to river and lake
Apart from such thematic subjects, a range of governance challenges
facing Lake Biwa and its watershed also are discussed , particularly
with respect to dealing with increasing threats of climate change,
micro-pollutants, and participatory decision-making over the entire
lake basins, particular with regard to balancing the competing upstream
and downstream needs in relation to flood control, water resources
management and environmental and ecosystem conservation and restoration.
a. Problems concerning Lake Biwa and other lakes in Japan
b. Problems with the Yodo River System
concerning the Lake Biwa-Yodo River Basis Committee)
c. Problems in Japan (movement toward reform of water-related systems, for example)
d. Problems concerning water and lake basin governance around the world