The Lake Baikal Foundation for Environmental Applications and Research became a member of the World Water Council. Founded in 1996, the World Water Council unites more than 350 organizations from 50 countries, however, Lake Baikal Foundation has become the first Russian member in the history of the Council.
The World Water Council is an international multistakeholder platform that brings together experts and international governmental and non-governmental organizations. Focusing on the political dimensions of water security, adaptation, and sustainability, the Council aims to solve global water problems, raise awareness, and find ways to improve water management at all decision-making levels, from top-level authorities to the public at large.
Importantly, the World Water Council is the main organizer of the World Water Forum, which is the largest global event in the water sector. Organized every three years with a host country, the Forum provides a unique platform where the water community and key decision-makers can collaborate and make long-term progress on global water challenges.
Lake Baikal Foundation and the World Water Council have been negotiating for several months for membership in the organization. The Council noted that the absence of Russian organizations was an issue that they had always sought to solve, and they were happy to finally welcome the Russian representative. Lake Baikal Foundation strives to use the opportunities that open up with joining the Council from regularly holding an expert dialogue with professionals and relevant organizations, to systematically integrating best practices of water management in Russia, to developing the Baikal agenda on the international scope, and to not only participating but also hosting the future World Water Forum in Russia.