The surface water bodies have been impacted by numerous changes: environmental, political, economic, financial, administrative, technological, cultural, and social, such is the case of the lakes. The problems of appropriate management have been solved through local solutions.

The 2020 edition of the 18th World Lake Conference (WLC18) will be held in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. This conference will keep up with the efforts of benefiting governance, resilience, and sustainability of lakes through knowledge generation, information exchange, experiences, and best practices, proposing a meeting space for experts, authorities in charge of administration, users, technologists, scientists, professionals, students, and civil society members interested in spreading, learning and fomenting pertinent actions for comprehensive management of lakes.

This event began with the Shiga Conference on Conservation and Management of World Lake Environment in 1984, known as LECS'84. This first Conference held at Lake Biwa, Japan, had the objective of contributing and promoting scientific studies in the global management of lake basins.
The Conference has, since then, been recognized worldwide as a platform for participants from diverse areas to exchange views and experiences on the sustainable management of lakes and their basins.
The conferences have previously been organized in the United States, Hungary, China, Italy, Argentina, Denmark, Kenya, India, Indonesia, and Japan on a biannual basis.
At the 17th World Lake Conference held in Ibaraki in 2018, there were around 5,500 participants; 1,300 students and 1,000 foreigners participating in the Conference and 43,000 in the related site events.


vinAbstract Submission Opens: April 12th, 2021.

vinGeneral Registration Opens: May 3rd, 2021.

vinAbstract Submission Deadline: September 6th, 2021 (24 hrs. GMT-5).

vinAbstract Acceptance Notifications: all acceptance notifications will be sent by September 13th, 2021..


vinRegular Registration: May 3rd to November 7th , 2021 (10:00 GMT-6)


The Practice of Managing of Water Resources

Managers and Stakeholders are welcome to share their experience on implementing Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM); Citizens’ Activities and Environmental Education; Lakeside History and Culture; Lake Basin Heartware; Sustainable Use of Freshwater Resources; Countermeasures and Technologies for Sustainable Use of Ecosystem Service; Biodiversity and Biological Resources; Monitoring Based on Scientific Knowledge; Institutional Management Systems and Policies; or any other topic assisting in achieving governance and sustainability of lakes and their basins.

Science and Technology

This topic deals, among others, with issues on the elimination of various pollutants present in different bodies of water using technologies that help to preserve, restore, and recover Water Quality, as well as topics on theoretical work, such as numerical simulations on Hydrodynamics and the transport of pollutants in different water treatment processes:

  • Numerical simulations of hydrodynamics and pollutant transport.
  • Wastewater treatment.
  • Technologies to remove persistent organic pollutants.
  • Environmental engineering technologies / environmental technologies to solve surface and groundwater problems.
  • Other source water pollution problems.
  • Among others


Governance may include studies, analyses, and research on the theoretical and practical discussion of the applicable policies, management, and organizational structures that deal with water issues. And in particular, how governance of natural and artificial lakes is met thanks to:

  • Politics
  • Legislation
  • Financial Administration
  • Among others

Social Ambit

The social sphere involves the linkages between lakes and reservoirs with human activities related to Culture and Literature; Religion; Education, and History. Anthropology, Human Rights and Social Participation. Those topics include:

  • Culture and literature.
  • Anthropology.
  • Religion.
  • Civil participation.
  • Education.
  • Human Rights.
  • History.
  • Among others

Environment and Health

The Conference will present topics related to the impacts of Climate Change, Aquatic Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Water Quality and Sanitation, Integrated Waste Management, Quality of Life, Environmental Health, Energy, Integral Watershed Management, Risk Assessment, and Circular Economy. In this section, other topics related to lake pollution, as well as local projects for the regeneration and restoration of water bodies, are welcome:

  • Natural resources
  • Quality of life
  • Yuriria
  • Climate change
  • Services
  • Among others


In this section, we will analyze the economic implications of lakes on basins both locally and globally. We will exchange on irrigation and trade of products generated by water. We will also address issues related to the economic aspects of the sustainability of lakes, such as infrastructure and aquaculture:

  • Evaluation of the economic impact of water pollution
  • Analysis of the economic impact of the loss of lake-related ecosystem services
  • Financing
  • Among others


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