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)


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