Towards a Lake Basin Management Initiative and a Contribution to the Third World Water Forum: Sharing Experiences and Early Lessons in GEF and non-GEF Lake Basin Management Projects
The conservation and management of lakes and reservoirs must enter the mainstream of the economic development process through comprehensive water resources management. Actions to improve management of lake basin resources on a sustainable basis are necessary due to the high levels of direct and indirect pressure on lakes and reservoirs from large populations inhabiting lake watersheds, rapid population growth, urbanization, industrialization, mining development, growth of irrigated agriculture and impacts of climate change which are altering ecosystem processes and threatening the capacity of lakes and reservoirs to perform the requisite ecosystem functions and provide basic services for human needs. The conservation and management of lakes and reservoirs and their basins need to be strengthened and assisted by sharing and exchanging knowledge, experience and technologies and dissemination of lessons learned and best practices which would be reflected in policy and institutional reforms, and individual and programmatic lending operations supported by the GEF and the World Bank Group.
The general objective of the project is to improve lake and reservoir basin management. The project will assess and draw lessons from the achievements and implementation of several GEF and non-GEF projects. Particular objectives will be to: facilitate the sharing of experiences between managers and stakeholders; accelerate learning and implementation of effective lake and reservoir basin management and report to the 3rd World Water Forum.
Funding for the project comes from GEF ($965,744), USAID ($200,000), Bank Netherlands Water Partnership Program ($150,000), Shiga Prefecture (Japan) ($100,000), and ILEC ($100,000).
|Documents & Resources|
|Project type||Medium-Sized Project|
|Project Status||Project Closure|
|Start Date||27 May 2003|
|Focal Area||International Waters|
|GEF Allocation to project||USD 965,744|
|Total Cost of the project:||USD 2,212,193|
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (WB)
Dr. David Barker Co-founder
Mr. Masahisa Nakamura Project Manager
Mr. Rafik Hirji IA Project Coordinator/Task Manager