These projects address the comprehensive, holistic management of water systems (lakes, rivers, wetlands, groundwater, estuaries) for sustainable use, including the maintenance of the life-supporting ecosystem services they provide to humanity. They address the scientific/technical and socioeconomic/governance elements that underlie sustainable water resources, including identifying constraints to sustainable water use, the root causes of these constraints, and exploring feasible solutions for overcoming them. They focus largely, though not exclusively, on international and transboundary water systems, including their scientific and management implications. Current projects include the Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM) approach applied to lake basins in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States.
Relevant publications include: (1) World Lake Vision; (2) Managing Lakes and their Basins for Sustainable Use; (3) Development of ILBM Platform Process; (4) Primer: Development of ILBM Platform Process; and (5) Guidelines for Lake Brief Development. All can be downloaded from the ILEC website (http://www.ilec.or.jp/en/pubs).