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Philippines: Establishment of Country-wide Lake Network

LakeCon 2003 was held at the Development Academy of the Philippines, in Tagaytay City on the shores of Lake Taal in the Philippines from 25-28 November. The theme for the Congress was “Sustain Lakes, Support Life.” More than 100 participants from lakes throughout the country attended the meeting. The objectives of the Congress were to: (1) Capture existing data on Philippines lakes; (2) Identify major lake-specific issues that will serve as inputs for R&D planning and policy development; (3) Identify data and research gaps in lakes and lake resource management; and (4) Organize the Philippine Lake Network (PLaNet).

One of the outcomes of LakeCon 2003 was the formation of the Philippines Lakes Network, called PlaNet. The participants adopted the Tagaytay Declaration which outlines a strategy for the national network.

LakeNet was among the first co-sponsors of the Lakes Congress, through a small grant with funding from USAID. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) also co-sponsored the event.

During the meeting, LakeNet president David Read Barker signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SEAMEO SEARCA, which served as the secretariat of the Lake Congress.



12/2/2003 - First Philippine Lake Congress A Success



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Memorandum of Understanding Between SEAMEO SEARCA and LakeNet  (PDF) Partnership Agreement. 11/25/2003.

Tagaytay Declaration on Philippine Lakes  (PDF) PlaNet. 11/28/2003.


Participating Lakes

Laguna de Bay


Participating Organizations

The following organizations are participating in this program:

Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA)
LakeNet Secretariat
SEAMEO Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO SEARCA)
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)


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