- Tropical inland waters are important because of their characteristics, biodiversity, high socio-economic potential and cultural significance. They offer a myriad of advantages for the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) communities.
- There is an urgent need to reconsider the value of inland aquatic ecosystem and gain a better understanding of ecosystem processes to inform the formulation of sound policies and the development of effective sustainable management strategies.
- Collaborative research, networking and capacity building, nationally and internationally, should be strongly pursued to increase knowledge and promote the sharing of experiences in managing inland waters.
- Pollution, siltation, sedimentation, eutrophication, biodiversity loss and invasive alien species are common problems in tropical inland waters that reduce the value of ecosystem goods and services.
- It is the responsibility of all stakeholders to be involved in the prevention and mitigation of these problems.
- Local wisdom can play an important role in inland water
- The young generation and the general public should be made aware of the importance of aquatic ecosystems and undertake actions to clean their inland waters and maintain healthy environments
- The Southeast Asian Limnological Network (SealNet) will establish a community of practioners in the field of integrated lake basin management to promote cooperation, information exchange and knowledge mining to improve inland water management in tropical regions
- The Research Centre for Limnology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), as the secretariat of SealNet, will develop an accessible ASEAN limnological database with local and international institutions.
Bogor Declaration – International Conference on Tropical Limnology 2019