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Towards a Lake Basin Management Initiative and a Contribution to the Third World Water Forum: Sharing Experiences and Early Lessons in GEF and non-GEF Lake Basin Management Projects

The conservation and management of lakes and reservoirs must enter the mainstream of the economic development process through comprehensive water resources management. Actions to improve management of lake basin resources on a sustainable basis are necessary due to the high levels of direct and indirect pressure on lakes and reservoirs from large populations inhabiting lake watersheds, rapid population growth, urbanization, industrialization, mining development, growth of irrigated agriculture and impacts of climate change which are altering ecosystem processes and threatening the capacity of lakes and reservoirs to perform the requisite ecosystem functions and provide basic services for human needs. The conservation and management of lakes and reservoirs and their basins need to be strengthened and assisted by sharing and exchanging knowledge, experience and technologies and dissemination of lessons learned and best practices which would be reflected in policy and institutional reforms, and individual and programmatic lending operations supported by the GEF and the World Bank Group.

The general objective of the project is to improve lake and reservoir basin management. The project will assess and draw lessons from the achievements and implementation of several GEF and non-GEF projects. Particular objectives will be to: facilitate the sharing of experiences between managers and stakeholders; accelerate learning and implementation of effective lake and reservoir basin management and report to the 3rd World Water Forum.

Funding for the project comes from GEF ($965,744), USAID ($200,000), Bank Netherlands Water Partnership Program ($150,000), Shiga Prefecture (Japan) ($100,000), and ILEC ($100,000).

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General information
GEF ID 1665
IBRD ID 81004
Project type Medium-Size Project
Status closed (Project Closure)
Start Date 27 May 2003
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 965,744
Total Cost of the project: USD 2,212,193

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (WB)

Project contacts
David Barker Co-founder
Masahisa Nakamura Project Manager
Rafik Hirji IA Project Coordinator/Task Manager