Living Lakes Conferences


Regularly Living Lakes conferences are being organised in order to guarantee continuous exchange of information and intense contact among the partner organisations.

 Lake Chapala, Mexico

13th Living Lakes Conference


"Lake Management - Challenges in a Changing World"

The international conference took place from 20 to 25 March 2010 at Lake Chapla in Mexico.

 Trasimeno Lake, Italy

12th Living Lakes Conference


"Linking Cultural Landscape Values to Lake Protection"

The international conference took place at Trasimeno Lake in Italy from 22 to 27 September 2008. During this days, the 10th anniversary of the network Living Lakes was also celebrated.

 Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany

International Conference "Business & Biodiversity"


This conference took place on 2 and 3 April 2008 in Bonn, Germany. More than 250 interested people took part in discussions forums and presentation platforms.

 Maduganga Wetland, Sri Lanka

Post Tsunami Living Lakes Conference


"Restoration of Mangroves and Reestablishment of Livelihoods in Sri Lanka"

The first conference in Sri Lanka took place from 23 to 26 April 2007 in Bentota, Sri Lanka.

 Field Trip at Lake Poyang, China

11th Living Lakes Conference


"Balancing Agriculture and Lake Protection"

This conference took place from 29 October to 3 November 2006 in Nanchang City near Lake Poyang in China.

 Shore line at Friedrichshafen, Lake Constance, Germany

First Solar Lakes Conference


"Renewable Energy Technology in European Lake Regions in Harmony with Nature Conservation"

From 24 to 27 September 2006 the first Solar Lakes Conference took place in the frame of the fair INTERBOOT in Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance.

 Lake Victoria

First Living Lakes African Regional Conference


"Our Lakes, our Livelihoods" - Sustainable Management of African Lakes

From 27 to 30 Oktober 2005, this first regional conference took place at Lake Victoria in Kenya.

 Laguna de Bay

10th Living Lakes Conference


"Sustainable Development of densely populated Lake Regions"

The 10th Living Lakes Conference took place from 15 to 19 May 2005 at Taal Lake, Philippines.

 Columbia River Wetlands, Canada
9th Living Lakes Conference

"Balancing our Needs, Protecting our Future"

The 9th Living Lakes Conference took place from 26 September to 2 October 2004 in the Columbia River Wetlands in Canada.

 Field trip with a solar powered boat.

8th Living Lakes Conference


"Climate Change and Governance" – Managing Impacts on Lakes

The 8th Living Lakes Conference on "Climate Change and Governance" took place from 7 to 12 September 2003 in England.

 Keynotespeaker of the 7th Living Lakes Conference: Prof. Klaus Töpfer, UNEP-Director

7th Living Lakes Conference at Lake St. Lucia in South Africa


"Implementation of Agenda 21 in Lake Regions"

In the run up to des World Summit on Sustainable Development the Global Nature Fund (GNF) in cooperation with the South African Wilderness Foundation and the Wildlands Trust held the 7th Living Lakes Conference on the topic "Implementation of Agenda 21 in Lake Regions" from 20 to 25 August 2002 in South Africa.

 Lake Baikal, Russia

6th Living Lakes Conference at Lake Baikal in Russia


"Tradition and Water Quality in Lake Regions"

More than 160 experts, scientists, politicians and nature conservation organisations from the 19 global partner lakes as well as economic partners are meeting at the 6th international Living Lakes Conference. They are discussing appropriate measures and projects to protect the water quality of Lake Baikal and sharing experiences between the many Living Lakes partners.

 Kuniumatsu-san, governor of the Shiga Prefecture, opened the Conference in Japan.

5th Living Lakes Conference at Lake Biwa in Japan


"Biodiversity and Environmental Education in Lake Regions"

A big step forward: The 5th Living Lakes Conference at Lake Biwa in Japan under the motto "Biodiversity and Environmental Education" was an important milestone for the Living Lakes project.

 GNF Honorary President Prof. Dr. Gerhard Thielcke is awarding Anke Biedenkapp the Best Conservation Practice Award.

4th Living Lakes Conference on the EXPO 2000 in Hanover


"From Confrontation to Cooperation"

More than 100 participants of 22 different nations took part in the 4th international Living Lakes Conference at EXPO 2000 Hanover where a detailed lakes action-programme was settled.

 Gerhard Thielcke with Credo Mutwa, a spiritual leader of the Zulu and his wife.

3rd Living Lakes Conference at Mono Lake, California, USA.


"Restoring Streams and Lakes - Revitalizing Communities"

In October 1999, the 3rd Conference took place at Mono Lake. The picture shows Prof. Thielcke, President of the Global Nature Fund and Credo Mutwa, spiritual leader of the Zulus in South Africa with his wife.


Presentation of Dr. Sabine Tandela from Lever Fabergé.


2nd Living Lakes Conference at Lake Constance


"Recreation and Restoration"

In May 1999, the 2nd World Lake Conference was held at Langenargen, Lake Constance, Germany.


Living Lakes delegates at Lake St. Lucia


First Living Lakes Conference in South Africa


"Tourism and Nature Conservation"

The first conference took place in November 1998 at Lake St. Lucia, South Africa. Dr Buthelezi, Minister of Home Affairs of South Africa, proclaimed the 1st World Lake Day.


Reports on all conferences are available – free of cost - at the Global Nature Fund.