These projects focus on the holistic, integrated management of water systems (lakes, rivers, wetlands, groundwater, estuaries) for sustainable use, focusing on maintaining the integrity of the life-supporting ecosystem services they provide to humanity. They include the scientific/technical and socioeconomic/governance elements underlying sustainable water resources. These elements include identifying constraints to sustainable water use and their root causes, as well as exploring effective solutions for overcoming them. International and trans-boundary water systems are included in this activity, including their scientific and management/ governance elements. Current projects involving the IISWR Director include the Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM) approach applied to lake and reservoir basins in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as follows:

Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM)

In cooperation with the International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC), this project focuses on development and application of a comprehensive, ecosystem-based approach for managing lakes, reservoirs and their basins in various regions around the world, as well as the upstream, downstream and sub-surface water systems to which they are hydrologically or jurisdictionally linked. It comprises a range of complex scientific/technical, socioeconomic and governance elements fundamental to integrated management of these water systems for sustainable use. Case studies and lessons learned from managing lakes and reservoirs in a number of countries include China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Philippines, Senegal and Thailand.

ILBM and Lake Chapala/Lerma River Basin (Mexico)

This project is a follow-up activity to the 14th World Lake Conference held in Austin, Texas, USA in 2014, co-sponsored by the Meadows Center for Water and Environment, Texas State University and the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC). It will be implemented in cooperation with ILEC, the Meadows Center, Alamo College District and Corazón de la Tierra (“Heart of the Earth”; a Mexican non-governmental organization), focusing on application of the ILBM process to the Lake Chapala/Lerma River Basin in Mexico.