The surface water bodies have been impacted by the environmental, political, economic, financial, administrative, technological, cultural and social changes; this is the case of the lakes, its problems regarding an appropriate management have been solved through local solutions.
The 2020 edition of the 18th World Lake Conference (WLC18), will be held in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, This conference will continue with the efforts in benefit of governance, resilience and sustainability of lakes, throughout knowledge generation, information exchange, experiences and best practices, proposing a meeting space for experts, authorities in charge of their administration, users, technologists, scientists, professionals, students and civil society members who are interested in spreading, learning and fomenting pertinent actions for a comprehensive management of lakes.
Abstract Submission Opens: April 12th, 2021.
General Registration Opens: May 3rd, 2021.
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 6th, 2021 (24 hrs. GMT-5).
Abstract Acceptance Notifications: all acceptance notifications will be sent by September 13th, 2021..
Early-bird registration: May 3rd to October 4th, 2021 (15:00 GMT-5)
Regular Registration: October 5th to November 7th , 2021 (10:00 GMT-6)
Managers and Stakeholders are welcome to share their experience on implementing Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM); Citizens’ Activities and Environmental Education; Lakeside History and Culture; Lake Basin Heartware; Sustainable Use of Freshwater Resources; Countermeasures and Technologies for Sustainable Use of Ecosystem Service; Biodiversity and Biological Resources; Monitoring Based on Scientific Knowledge; Institutional Management Systems and Policies; or any other topic assisting in achieving governance and sustainability of lakes and their basins.
This topic deals, among others, with issues on the elimination of various pollutants present in different bodies of water using various technologies that help to preserve, restore, and recover Water Quality, as well as topics on theoretical work, such as numerical simulations on Hydrodynamics and the transport of pollutants in different water treatment processes.
Governance can include studies, analyses, and research on the theoretical and practical discussion of the applicable policies, management and organizational structures to deal with water problems and, especially, how governance of natural and artificial lakes is achieved.
The social sphere involves the linkages between lakes and reservoirs with human activities related to Culture and Literature; Religion; Education and History. Anthropology, Human Rights and Social Participation are also included in this topic.
Environment and Health: This section of the Conference will present topics related to the impacts of Climate Change, Aquatic Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Water Quality and Sanitation, Integrated Waste Management, Quality of Life, Environmental Health, Energy, Integral Watershed Management, Risk Assessment and Circular Economy. Other topics related to lake pollution problems, as well as local projects for the regeneration and restoration of these water bodies, are welcomed.
In this section we will discuss issues such as the economic implications that a lake generates in its basin, both locally and globally, such as irrigation and trade of products generated with its water. We will also address issues related to the economic aspects for the sustainability of lakes, such as infrastructure and aquaculture.