The purpose of the series of Great Lakes of the World (GLOW) symposia has been to establish a platform where understanding of the structure, function and performance of great lakes can be discussed and promoted. The restoration of damaged ecosystems via integrated, multi-trophic, multi-disciplinary and sustainable perspectives is encouraged. In addition, the application of Ecosystem-Based Management in the large and great lakes has also been one of the aims of the GLOW symposia. It is known that in the African Great Lakes the mainstay of the riparian populations is fisheries and aquaculture and that the relevant fisheries resources are under heavy exploitation burden. The pressures on the lakes leave their mark on the resources, as shifts in species compositions can be observed. These changes are so important that they should be properly monitored and investigated, with results published. But even more is needed.
The AEHMS has long promoted aquatic sciences in Africa. So far, out of 8 out of 10 GLOW symposia have been convened there, resulting in at least one special issue of the AEHM journal each. Consequently, numerous African scientists are familiar with the AEHM Journal as a platform for publication of their results. Among the 100+ published papers, many elaborate on managing the lake basin, the lake and its resources. As conveners of the conferences, it is tempting to sit back and continue publishing. On the contrary; the publications have their constraints as they are too voluminous for decision and policy makers to study them in detail.
That will be the challenge for the tenth GLOW conference: how to make the results of 25 years of unique scientific material accessible to the wider audience in general and to the policy makers in particular. All regular conference participants are aware that there is still much work ahead of us. Management Plans are not a magic wand to rescue overexploited fish stocks, to eradicate invasive weeds or to control extreme lake levels fluctuations. The question remains how to implement these plans and fulfil the recommendations from the published material. That is the intention of GLOW10, to provide concerted guidance to remove the hurdles that hamper lake management and ecosystem restoration. One thing is clear, if there is no management then the habitats and lake basins will deteriorate further.
GLOW10 aims at welcoming a wide range of stakeholders, not only students and scientists, but also high-ranking Government officials, private sector leaders, international organizations and institutes, and NGOs. Together a strong statement will be delivered on the way forward for the management of the continent’s precious freshwater reservoirs with so many ecosystem services, not only for the present generation, but definitely for the next in line. Riparian communities cannot prosper without the lakes, and lakes cannot improve without responsible users.
This GLOW conference will be held in Tanzania to emphasize the work of African researchers. The AEHMS is proud to be partnering with the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO), the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE) and the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI), to promote the health of the African Great Lakes. GLOW10: FOR THE SAKE OF THE LAKES.
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Call for Abstracts
Abstract submission is now open and researchers are invited to submit any that are relevant to the conference themes!