17th World Lake Conference[Lake Kasumigaura, Ibaraki, Japan, 2018]




Conference Schedule (Draft)

Date Morning Afternoon Evening Full Day
October 14th
Student Conference Welcome Party -
October 15th
Opening Ceremony
Ibaraki Kasumigaura Prize
Award Ceremony
Keynote Speech
World Lakes Session
Reception Exhibition
October 16th
Policy Forum Japanese Lakes Session Workshop
Technical Sessions Technical Sessions
October 17th
Excursion Workshop
October 18th
Lake Kasumigaura Session Lake Kasumigaura Session Participant
Technical Sessions Technical Sessions
October 19th
Conference Summary Closing Ceremony -
  • ※The schedule of the conference may change from time to time.

Lake Kasumigaura Session

Stakeholders in the Kasumigaura region discuss specific efforts regarding sustainable ecosystem services.

Lakes Session

Citizens, administrators, researchers, etc., of lake regions in Japan and other countries discuss and share their specific and common problems, achievements and challenges in various aspects of lake basin management.

Technical Sessions

During Technical sessions we will conduct discussion pertaining to the current status, sustainability, and issues surrounding lake ecosystem services.

Technical Session 1:Biodiversity and Biological Resources

This session focuses on evaluation and conservation issues regarding biodiversity and biological resources services in lakes, wetlands, rivers and riparian areas.

keyword biodiversity evaluation, endangered species, invasive alien species (IAS), ecosystem functions, ecosystem services, ecological network, ecosystem management, nature restoration, biological resource use, fisheries

Technical Session 2:Sustainable Use of Freshwater Resources

This session focuses on the sustainable utilization of freshwater resources, delving into discussion of water quantity-related matters such as the regulation functions of river flow and water balance in watersheds; water quality related matters such as pollution and sediment loads from basins; pollution by chemical compounds; eutrophication; and lake management.

keyword wise use and development of water resources, groundwater and surface water, water quality problems and pollution concerning water use, effects of sediment, effects of climate change, future scenarios of surface waters

Technical Session 3:Water Quality and Ecosystem Functions in Lake Environments

This session discusses lake ecosystems’functions such as water quality purification capacity, primary production, organic matter degradation, sediment oxygen consumption, sediment release, and other matters pertaining to water quality in lake and other lentic environments.

keyword lake ecosystems functions, water pollution, water quality, purification capacity, water quality management, primary production, degradation, sediment release, nutrient dynamics, hypoxia, transparency, eutrophication, harmful algal bloom, climate change

Technical Session 4:Lakeside History and Culture

This session focuses on the wide variety of the roles that lakes play in regard to such topics as history, culture, lifestyles, tourism, and recreation.

keyword riparian areas, recreation, tradition, culture, community, community morale, landscape, tourism, nature hospitality, regional belief, SATOYAMA, Ramsar Convention, local economy and water transportation, community development

Technical Session 5:Regional Activities and Matter Cycles

This session discusses the nitrogen and phosphorus cycle, and the dynamics of chemical substances, with a focus on how human activities can impact the material cycle in lakes and their basins.

keyword nitrogen and phosphorus cycle, chemical substances, point and non-point source pollution, regional atmospheric environment practices, land use management, food production, biomass, forest and SATOYAMA management

Technical Session 6:Monitoring Based on Scientific Knowledge

This session focuses on lake and river water quality and ecosystem monitoring techniques, discussing new knowledge-based techniques and the supporting advanced technologies and analytical practices utilized.

keyword water quality instruments, monitoring technologies for lakes and/or rivers (including remote sensing, GIS ), monitoring technologies for ecosystems, monitoring system, data analysis technologies and modeling

Technical Session 7:Countermeasures and Technologies for Sustainable Use of Ecosystem Services

This session discusses various countermeasures and technology to harness ecosystem services sustainably in the future. They include structural and non-structural measures such as effluent regulation, domestic wastewater control, control of wastes from agriculture and livestock, runoff quality control, technologies for water purification and wastewater treatment, in-lake restoration technology, and economic incentive measures.

keyword effluent regulation, domestic wastewater control, control of point and non-point source pollutions, in-lake restoration, water purification and wastewater treatment, management based on environmental capacity, appropriate technologies for developing regions, non-structural measures, economic incentive measures

Technical Session 8:Citizens' Activities and Environmental Education

This session focuses on citizen activities and involvement, and environmental education, exploring region-based practices to ensure better lakes and basins for future generations.

keyword citizen participation, collaboration, SATOYAMA(community forest) conservation, get-close-to-water activities, community revitalization, community building, communication, capacity building, curriculum development, awareness, advocacy, consensus building, nature conservation, SDGs

Technical Session 9:Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM)

This session discusses various ways for lake the basin stakeholders to collectively pursue Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM) through incremental, sustained and long-term improvement of basin governance, prospectively resulting in successful conservation and improvement of basin ecosystem services.

keyword lake and basin management typologies, Integrated Lake Basin Management(ILBM), Integrated Lentic and Lotic Basin Management(ILLBM), basin management for sound water circulation, basin governance, heartware approach, Ecosystem Services and basin management policies, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, lake basin databases and knowledgebases