Changes in Management: International Great Lakes

by Leonard B. Dworsky, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Unprecedented changes in the binational management of the Great Lakes are underway. Problems and programs to solve them increasingly are being considered on an ecosystem (comprehensive, integrated management) basis. Multipurpose management philosophies adopted in both Canada and the United States have evolved slowly in the Great Lakes. The International Joint Commission (IJC) has transmitted an 'Advisory' to the two Governments which will have far-reaching, long-term effects. The paper outlines Great Lakes developments; reports on the forces for change from single purpose to ecosystem management; summarizes the IJC 'Advisory' to the governments; and concludes with recommendations for 'next steps. '

Subject Headings: Lakes | Resource management | Ecosystems | Water resources | Joints | Government | Water management | Great Lakes | Canada | United States

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