Encyclopedia of Lakes and Reservoirs

2012 Edition
| Editors: Lars Bengtsson, Reginald W. Herschy, Rhodes W. Fairbridge

World Lake Database: International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC)

  • Reginald W. Herschy
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4410-6_188


The International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC) (www.ilec.or.jp) was established in 1986. Since then ILEC has collected, in a systematic manner, environmental and socioeconomic data of important (significant for human beings) lakes and reservoirs worldwide. Accordingly, the World Lake Database was constructed.

The World Lake Database

Currently the World Lake Database holds more than 500 lakes from 73 countries. The database was established in cooperation with UNEP.

The main data categories are:
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    Physical dimensions

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    Physiographic features

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    Lake water quality

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    Biological features

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    Socioeconomic conditions

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    Lake utilization

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    Deterioration of lake environment and hazards

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    Wastewater treatment

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    Lake improvement works

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    Development plans

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    Legislative and institutional measures for upgrading lake environment

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    Sources of data


A report of each lake providing the above categories can...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hydrology ConsultantReadingUK