Living Lakes - Strategies to protect the biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems

Protection and restoration of lakes, wetlands, and associated landscapes is crucial to halt biodiversity loss and combat climate change. Eleven partners from ten countries in the Living Lakes Network will focus on capacity development for key actors involved in the use and management of the lakes. Local authorities, regional administrations and civil society will improve knowledge to reduce negative impacts of agriculture, fisheries and tourism and to manage lakes better. The partners will develop innovative techniques e.g. in wastewater treatment, renaturation of lake landscapes, management of invasive species, and biodiversity-friendly agriculture as "Frontrunner Initiatives". Experiences in the implementation of these projects are disseminated at regional, national and global level in order to achieve improved implementation of lake protection laws and management plans, the strengthening of non-governmental organisations and their participation in stakeholder consultations.

Project data

Cambodia, Colombia, India, Malawi, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka
IKI funding
8,086,799.00 €
Included preparation phase
45,270.00 €
08/2022 till 08/2027
Implementing organisation
Global Nature Fund (GNF)
Political Partner
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Philippines
  • Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) - South Africa
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Cambodia
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI) - Peru
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
  • Ministry of Environment (MoE) - Cambodia
  • Ministry of Environment - Sri Lanka
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia
  • Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment - Malawi
  • Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)
  • State Government of Jalisco - Mexico
Implementing Partner
  • Action for Environmental Sustainability (AfES)
  • Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)
  • Autoridad Binacional del Lago Titicaca (ALT)
  • EMACE Foundation of Sri Lanka
  • Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT)
  • Fundación Global Nature (FGN)
  • Fundación Humedales (FH)
  • Institute Corazon de la Tierra (ICT)
  • Lake Constance Foundation (LCF)
  • Nagenahiru Foundation (NF)
  • Nature Environment & Wildlife Society (NEWS)
  • Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. (SCPW)

State of implementation/results

  • The implementing partners have identified relevant stakeholders and selected participants for the capacity-sharing activities. Over 1,500 farmers and fishermen have participated in capacity-sharing workshops for sustainable fisheries and agriculture.
  • Over 400 young lake managers have participated in the capacity-building activities on wetlands management, and almost 1,000 hectares have now been restored or included in official plans to implement their management.
  • The Global Nature Fund, together with the University of Applied Sciences Trier, set up the Living Lakes Academy (LLA), which was launched on 5 September 2023 along with the first online seminars. The LLA offers lake and wetland managers the opportunity to acquire a certified diploma at an early stage of their career.
  • The website "" is the newly established exchange platform for improved lake and wetland management and the project website of the Living Lakes Biodiversity and Climate Project (LLBCP). The platform provides information about project partners, project activities, a pool of experts, as well as a compilation of relevant documents and links to similar initiatives.
  • The LLBCP was included as an official partner of the UN SDGs #SDGAction49842 and linked to initiatives such as Ramsar and ILEC. (…)
  • In Cambodia, Colombia and Mexico, government institutions have set new goals for wetland conservation: In Cambodia, the Tonle Sap Ecotourism Network (TEN) was established. In Colombia, Fundacion Humedales was able to persuade regional environmental authorities to reassess watershed councils, resulting in a set of new impact indicators for programs and projects under the High Suarez River POMCA (Watershed Integrated Planning).
  • The first international project conference gathered 180 wetland experts from 30 countries on the shores of Lake Titicaca in Puno/Peru in December 2022. The conference adopted the Lake Titicaca Declaration for the protection and restoration of wetlands and lakes.
  • The LLBCP organised a virtual side event for the UN Water Conference on "Opportunities and Benefits of Sharing Best NGO Practices in Community-Based Water Stewardship" on 24 March 2023.
  • Following the example of the Living Lakes Network for Latin America, the South Asia Network and the Southeast Asian Network were founded. The aim of the regional Living Lakes networks is an improved exchange at the regional level on techniques and methods as well as better cooperation in joint projects.
  • The LLBCP organises the Sustainability Leadership Journey in the Philippines from the 9 to 13 of November, organized by the local Partner SCPW. This event will gather young lake managers who want to learn about the project's practical activities implemented in the Philippines, e.g. Green Filters.
  • The project will be presented on November 7 at the 19th World Lake Conference organized by ILEC in Hungary.

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