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.

It began with the Shiga Conference on Conservation and Management of World Lake Environment in 1984, known as LECS'84, which was held at Lake Biwa, Japan with the objective of contribution and promotion of scientific studies in the global management of lake basins.
The Conference is recognized worldwide as a platform for participants, from diverse areas, to exchange views and experiences on the sustainable management of lakes and their basins.
The conferences have been held in the United States, Hungary, China, Italy, Argentina, Denmark, Kenya, India, Indonesia and Japan on a biannual basis.
At the 17th World Lake Conference held in Ibaraki in 2018, there were around 5,500 participants; 1,300 students and 1,000 foreigners participated in the conference and 43,000 in the related site events.


vinAbstract Submission Opens: April 12th, 2021.

vinGeneral Registration Opens: May 3rd, 2021.

vinAbstract Submission Deadline: September 6th, 2021 (24 hrs. GMT-5).

vinAbstract Acceptance Notifications: all acceptance notifications will be sent by September 13th, 2021..


vinEarly-bird registration: May 3rd to October 4th, 2021 (15:00 GMT-5)

vinRegular Registration: October 5th to November 7th , 2021 (10:00 GMT-6)


The Practice of Managing of Water Resources

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.

Science and Technology

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.

  • Numerical simulations of hydrodynamics and pollutant transport.
  • Wastewater treatment.
  • Technologies to remove persistent organic pollutants.
  • Environmental engineering technologies / environmental technologies to solve surface and groundwater problems.
  • Other source water pollution problems.
  • Among others


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.

  • Politics.
  • Legislation.
  • Financial Administration.
  • Among others

Social Ambit

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.

  • Culture and literature.
  • Anthropology.
  • Religion.
  • Civil participation.
  • Education.
  • Human Rights.
  • History.
  • Among others

Environment and Health

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.

  • Natural resources.
  • Quality of life.
  • Yuriria.
  • Climate change.
  • Services.
  • Among others


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.

  • Evaluation of economic impacts of water pollution.
  • Economic impacts of the loss of the lake-related ecosystem services.
  • Financing.
  • Among others


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