Role of information platform for integrated lake basin management (ILBM) in Asia: Lessons and pathways for SDGs (Framing Presentation)

Event: Role of information platform for integrated lake basin management (ILBM) in Asia: Lessons and pathways for SDGs
Date: 16 October 2018 (Ibaraki, Japan)

ILBM is an approach for achieving sustainable management of lakes and reservoirs through gradual, continuous and holistic improvement of basin governance, including sustained efforts for integration of institutional responsibilities, policy directions, stakeholder participation, scientific and traditional knowledge, technological possibilities, and funding prospects and constraints (Ref: ILEC). ILBM is a way of thinking that assists lake basin managers and stakeholders to manage lakes and their basins for sustainable use, and particularly to sustain ecosystem regulating services. Directly or indirectly, ILBM’sconcept is internalised into the planning and management strategies the major lake basins in Asia such as Lake Biwa, Tonle Sap Lake or Laugna Lake. Information, which is one of the six pillars of the ILBM, is vital for formulating policies, planning, management, and decision making. Scientific data are becoming increasingly relevant for improving the understanding of the impacts of climate change on hydrodynamics, temperature gradient, water quality, phytoplankton, and health of the lake ecosystems. Similarly, updated information is essential for assessing the state of the environment as well as for effective mobilisation of resources to enforce countermeasures to prevent environmental degradation. There is an increasing need for scientific data and information for bridging the science-policy interface in regards to ILBM as we are navigating into the new era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Updated and reliable information will be vital to track the progress of SDG targets on aquatic ecosystem Such Targets as of 3.3, 6.6, 14.7, 15.1, 15.8 along with several other interlinked targets under different SDGs such as for poverty reduction, food security, health, water supply etc. ILBM could be a useful and pragmatic concept as well as a process for co-implementing and co-achieving multiple SDGs.