16. Living Lakes Conference

16th International Living Lakes Conference

„Lakes: Source of life and a shared responsibility of public and private organizations”

Date: 6th - 8th of December 2022
Location: Live at Lago Titicaca and online
Language:   English, Spanish



Biodiversity and ecosystem services in lakes and wetlands:
Impact of climate change, mitigation and adaptation strategies.



Binational Autonomous Authority of the Lake Titicaca Water System, River Desaguadero, Lake Poopó and Salar de Coipasa (ALT) and Global Nature Fund

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Living Lakes Conference 2022


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16th Living Lakes Conference Online Programme


TUESDAY, 06.12.2022 – DAY I                      

16.00 – 16.10pm Opening of the 16th Living Lakes International Conference on Lakes and Wetlands

  • Juan José Ocola Salazar, Excecutive President of Autoridad binacional del Lago Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia
  • Marion Hammerl, President of Global Nature Fund, Germany
  • Martín Ticona Maquera, Mayor of Puno City, Peru
  • Steffi Lemke, Federal Minister of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protecion. Video Message
  • Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Video Message


Expectations on the outreach of the conference

  • Rogelio Mayta Mayta, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Plurinational State of Bolivia
  • César Landa Arroyo, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Peru


16.15 – 16:30  Keynote Presentation

The Need for Wetland Restoration and the contribution of private initiatives such as Living Lakes, Marion Hammerl, President of GNF, Germany    


16.30 – 17.00  Break 


17.00 – 18:30  Lake and Wetland Restoration Policies and Strategies

  • Policies and Strategies in the Global Context: International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC), Masahisa Nakamura, Vice President of ILEC
  • From the Global to the Local: Environmental Issues of Lakes and Wetlands in the Titicaca Region, Juan José Ocola Salazar, Executive President of ALT, Peru/Bolivia
  • Challenges in transboundary water governance in Europe in times of instability, Margit Säre, Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation, Estonia
  • Challenges in transboundary water governance, Lake Titicaca study case, Freddy Mamani, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bolivia; Ana Cecilia Gervasi, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Peru


18:30 – 20.00  Break 


20.00 – 22.30  Methods and Practices in Lake and Wetland Restoration



THURSDAY, 08.12.2022  – DAY II

14.30 – 16.30  Successful Models of Cooperation between Public and Private Organisations

  • Experience in bilateral cooperation on Lake Titicaca and management of mining basins: The case of the binational basin of the Suches river in Bolivia, Richard Haep, Helvetas, Bolivia
  • Green Brigades – Instituting women governance in land and forestry management, Ajanta Dey, Nature Environment & Wildlife Society (NEWS), India
  • Enhancing Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems nexus and climate resilience of Lake Kivu Basin through nature based community enterprises, Jacqueline Ntukamazina, Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS), Rwanda
  • Protection of habitats of migratory birds, Mechthild Adameit, Fundación Lagunas Costeras, Uruguay
  • The CLEAR Partnership: A Model for Multi-Sectoral Collaboration for Wetland Conservation in the Philippines, Amy Morado Lecciones, Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Philippines


16.30 – 17:00  Break 


17:00 – 18.30  Participatory Lake and Wetland Monitoring: What can participatory monitoring contribute to lake recovery monitoring?

  • Water quality monitoring of Canadian lakes, Paige Thurston and Georgia Peck, Living Lakes Canada
  • Participatory monitoring as an instrument to strengthen governance in artisanal fishing activities, Sandra Hernández, Fundación Humedales, Colombia
  • Lake Watchers: Citizen monitoring of aquatic ecosystems, Victor Duran Rivera, Fundación Red de Nuevas Ideas, Chile
  • The ILBM Fact Sheet: Successful tool to facilitate participatory monitoring of wetlands, Nelida Orozco Santiago, Instituto Corazón de la Tierra, Mexico
  • Participatory monitoring in Lake Titicaca: sharing experiences of united women to defend Lake Titicaca, Jaime Quispe, Agua Sustentable, Bolivia


18:30 – 20:00  Break


20:00 – 21:00  Sources of funding for lake and wetland restoration

  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • Private Sponsoring: Funding strategies of private foundations, Facundo Rojo, Wilo Group


Programs to support the restoration of lakes:

  • Wetlands 4 Climate: Payment for carbon sequestration of lakes and wetlands, Vanessa Sánchez, Fundación Global Nature, Spain
  • Ecosystem Services of Peruvian Wetlands: Results of the study on carbon sequestration in Peruvian Wetlands, Dr. Héctor Aponte, Universidad Científica del Sur, Peru


21:00 – 22:00 IKI LLBCP-Living Lakes Biodiversity and Climate Project: A major step forward in lake restoration

  • Objectives and main measures, Dr. Thomas Schaefer, Global Nature Fund, Germany
  • Lake Titicaca: Implementation of the IKI LLBCP: Measures and transferable results, Julio Cesar Miranda Aranibar, ALT, Peru/Bolivia


22:00 – 22.15  Break 


22:15 – 22:30  Presentation of the Resolution of the Conference for Public-Private Partnership in Lake and Wetland Restoration


22.30 – 23.00  Living Lakes Best Conservation Award Ceremony & Closing Programme, Marion Hammerl (GNF) and Juan José Ocola Salazar (ALT)


The Conference

About 200 lake conservationists, political decision makers and company representatives from more than 40 countries will again exchange ideas on current challenges and solutions for the protection of lakes and wetlands during the 16th International Living Lakes Conference at Lake Titicaca.



Since its foundation in 1998, the Living Lakes Network unites organisations that protect lakes and wetlands worldwide. Starting with four lake partners, the network today has over 130 members, NGOs and public and private organisations. Living Lakes is an international platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences and the implementation of concrete joint projects. Living Lakes is committed to the sustainable management of lakes and wetlands and is based on mutual trust that has grown over the years.


Why at Lake Titicaca?

The basin of Lake Titicaca is an indivisible condominium, shared by the two riparian countries Peru and Bolivia. Living Lakes makes Lake Titicaca an active part of the Living Lakes Network.


Facts about Lake Titicaca

  • Area of 8,400m2
  • At an altitude of 3,809m above sea level with a maximum depth of 280m  
  • RAMSAR-Area
  • Ecosystem services for more than 2 million people 
  • Many endemic species, such as the giant Titicaca frog (Telmatobius culeus)
  • Lake Titicaca, 3 mio years old, is the birthplace of numerous Andean cultures such as the Pucaras, Tiahuanacoras and Incas
  • For several decades, Lake Titicaca has suffered serious problems in some areas due to urban pollution of its tributaries and over-exploitation of fish stocks


Why should you participate?


Participants can benefit from new ideas and contacts, learn about other cultures and traditions, and return with motivation and inspiration to continue their valuable work to protect the lakes.


Objectives of the conference

Support and motivate cooperation between national organizations and private organizations and institutions for better protection and restoration of lakes and wetlands. To share experiences on the status of management and strategic alliances in the conservation, protection and restoration of lakes and wetlands. Analyze models of collaboration among public and private organizations, civil society, and academia on lake and wetland protection, conservation, and restoration. Focus on the problem of lake and wetland eutrophication and how to effectively address this challenge.


 Blick auf den Titicaca (Photo: GNF)
 La Paz (Photo: GNF)
 Titicaca Grebe (Photo: GNF)
 Condor (Photo: GNF)
 Landscape Titicaca (Photo GNF)
 Landscape Titicaca (Photo GNF)
 Gruppenfoto der 15. Living Lakes Konferenz in Valencia
 Living Lakes - Goals 2019 - 2025

Review of the 15th Living Lakes Conference - Action Plan

The members of the Living Lakes Network agreed on an action plan for the coming years at the 15th conference. More than 280 goals set by the partners for the period between 2019 and 2025 show the diverse knowledge and willingness of the partners to contribute to solving the burning problems. 

In the new publication Living Lakes Achievements and Goals 2019 – 2025 members look back at the last few years of successful lake and wetland conservation and set new goals for the future.