Working Group on Inland Waters of Tropical Asia

International Society of Limnology (SIL)


The International Society of Limnology (SIL) – the world’s oldest society for limnology since 1922 – is the only international organisation which promotes research, conservation and management of all inland aquatic ecosystems worldwide, particularly through its Committees and Working Groups. In recent years the SIL has undergone several changes. It attaches great importance to the developing/tropical countries as it has one of its Vice Presidents elected from a developing country. SIL publishes a quarterly journal, Inland Waters ( and an informative Newsletter, SIL News ( which is freely accessible to every one. SIL will hold its Congresses every two years beginning with the 2018 Congress in China. SIL also awards small grants (out of its Tonolli and Wetzel Funds) to researchers in developing countries. In view of very low representation of developing countries, SIL has decided that “Membership subscriptions will be reduced to $US 5 for students registered for degrees but yet not having attained the degree. For three years post-PhD, subscriptions will be levied at half of the full rate.”

At the last Limnology Congress held in Budapest (August 2013), the SIL Executive Committee accepted a proposal for constituting a Working Group on Inland Waters of Tropical Asia within SIL. The Working Group will be coordinated for the present by the Centre for Inland Waters in South Asia through a Committee for planning and implementing its activities. The SIL has also agreed to endorse and sponsor a series of Short-Term Training Courses (1-2 weeks) on various topics, to be organised by the Working Group. While SIL is not able to financially support these courses, it will endorse and support requests for funds from different sources, and will consider proposals for support from the Tonolli and Wetzel Fund.

The Working Group aims at enhancing the understanding of inland aquatic ecosystems in the Asian region through interaction among researchers, exchange of knowledge, and capacity building for research on all aspects as well as their management and conservation. The activities may include collaborative research and management projects, training workshops, conferences and seminars, and a variety of publications.

A Coordination Committee of the Working Group is being constituted. The names of those who have already consented are listed at the end. Others are expected to join soon. The Committee will (i) discuss activities which need to be taken up forthwith (top priority) on a regional basis (at least 3-4 countries), (ii) identify potential sources of funding for the WG activities/projects, (iii) identify institutions in different countries which are willing to join the network and collaborate in organising the activities, and (iv) develop mechanism for sharing the responsibilities and work of the Working Group.

Coordination Committee

(as on 20 December 2013)

Dr Malavika Chauhan (India)
Prof. Sansanee Choowaew (Thailand)
Prof. Brij Gopal (India)
Dr R.D. Gulati (Netherlands)
Dr Najam Khurshid (Pakistan)
Dr Rahat Najam (Pakistan)
Prof. Prakash Nautiyal (India)
Dr R.D.S. Papa (Philippines)
Dr Zati Sharip (Malaysia)
Prof. Subodh Sharma (Nepal)
Dr E.I.L. Silva (Sri Lanka)
Prof. R.K. Sinha (India)
Prof. Reginald Victor (Oman)
Prof. Tamar Zohary (Israel) – General Secretary-Treasurer, SIL

Working Group Membership

The membership of the Working Group is open to all individuals throughout Asia irrespective of their membership in SIL. However, every one is encouraged to join SIL as soon as possible. There is no membership fee for joining the Working Group but the Committee will discuss the options for raising adequate resources for the functioning of the Group. The Working Group and its activities will be hosted on the website of the Centre for Inland Waters in South Asia that is now being developed.

All those who are interested in inland aquatic ecosystems (rivers, lakes, wetlands) – freshwater or saline (including coastal marshes, lagoons, backwaters, mangroves) – are invited to join the Working Group.  Individuals are requested to send in their particulars in the form (download here) by email to


Working Group on Limnology of Drylands

SIL has recently recognised another Working Group on Limnology of Drylands. It was initiated as the International Network on Limnology of Drylands (INLD) that was formed at the 2016 Brazilian Symposium on Semiarid Limnology. The INLD is a network of individuals and institutions for promoting the study and conservation of aquatic ecosystems in the world’s arid and semiarid regions through the multidisciplinary integration.

For more information, Contact:

Prof. Luciana Gomes Barbosa
Chaiperson Dryland Limnology Working Group (INLD)
Laboratory of Limnology
Federal University of Paraíba (Paraíba, Brazil)