Climate Change and Governance – Managing Impacts on Lakes


8. Living Lakes Conference


A new study on the impacts of climate change on the Living Lakes by the renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research was delivered to the 8th international Living Lakes Conference in Norwich, England. More than 130 lake experts discussed ways to protect lakes and wetlands at the Conference.


The 8th Living Lakes Conference on the topic "Climate Change and Governance – Managing Impacts on Lakes" was held from 7th-12th September 2003 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, United Kingdom. The conference was organised by the Living Lakes partner organisations Broads Authority and BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) in cooperation with GNF (Global Nature Fund).


Temperatures at Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest lake, are expected to rise to 5.6º C, the temperatures in the Broads Wetlands in East England are predicted to be 3.6º C hotter in summer in eighty years time, whilst the greatest change will be at Lake Tengiz in Kazakhstan where the winter temperature will increase by 5.7º C.


The study claims that if carbon concentration could be kept to 600 ppm (parts per million) global warming could be kept down to about 2º C compared to the 3.2º C warming assumed in the analysis. In 2003 carbon dioxide concentration stands at just over 370 ppm. If this could be achieved, the climate changes in the Living Lakes would be reduced by 30 to 40 %.


Moreover a study on Governance of protected areas, the second conference topic, was presented on the 8th Living Lakes Conference, including a review of governance models and structures at the Living Lakes as well as innovative approaches involving NGOs, corporations, partnerships and collaborations.

The documentation of the 8th Living Lakes Conference can be downloaded here:

The complete studies on climate change and governance are available here for download:


The network consists now of 35 organisations from 28 lake regions


With Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, Lake Poyang, China’s largest freshwater lake, the Lakes Peipsi and Võrtsjärv (Estonia-Russia) and Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest inland water body, four new lakes were admitted into the worldwide partnership Living Lakes at the 8th international Living Lakes Conference. New candidates to the network are Lake Titicaca represented by the Bolivian organisation TROPICO and Lake Balaton represented by the Association of Civil Organisations of Balaton in cooperation with Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency.