The United Nations Environment Programme-coordinated World Water Quality Alliance (WWQA) Ecosystems Workstream, under co-leadership of IHE Delft and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and in collaboration with the Society for Ecological Restoration, will host a virtual symposium on 13 May 2022.
At the symposium, the European Joint Research Centre and partners will share the outcome of the Global Survey on Lake Restoration in Practice and synthesise respondents’ experiences of delivering some of the world’s most challenging restoration programmes. Symposium participants and speakers will identify priority messages that must be shared with policy makers and the public to raise awareness of the multiple environmental and socio-economic benefits that well-managed lakes and reservoirs offer. The symposium will outline a roadmap to the publication of a White Paper to include these messages, and participants are invited to shape its content through interactive sessions.
The White paper, to be produced by the WWQA Ecosystems and its members, as representatives of the global community of practice, will be followed by awareness-raising activities in member states and at the sixth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 6). This work recognises the UNEA 5.2 resolution on Sustainable Lake Management which “calls on Member States to protect, conserve, and restore, as well as sustainably use lakes, while integrating lakes into national and regional development plans.”