Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency (LBDCA)
The Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency (LBDCA) is a Hungarian non-profit company, which was established in January 2000 by the Lake Balaton Development Council. The Agency performs professional and operative duties promoting the development of the Lake Balaton area.
It harmonizes regional development activities in the area and coordinates the measures, developments, and investments concerning the preservation of the resort’s ecological conditions, improvement of water quality and development of tourism. Accordingly, the agency keeps close cooperation with national and international partner organizations in order to launch forward initiatives focused on sustainability issues.
With a surface area of 594 sq. km, Lake Balaton located in Western Hungary is the largest freshwater body in Central Europe, yet an extremely shallow lake - its average depth is a mere 3.2 m. The Lake Balaton Resort Area lies almost entirely in the watershed of the lake and comprises 179 municipalities with a permanent population of about 250,000. It represents one of the most important tourist destinations in Hungary.
Tourism is based mainly on the water, the environmental facilities and the natural values of Lake Balaton. However, Lake Balaton tourism and the related services exert considerable stress on the rather sensitive ecosystem and the infrastructure on which it is depending. Amongst the main problems are waste and wastewater disposal, fast growing developments and constructions at the lakeshore. As a consequence, the lake’s sensitivity and exposure to stress may lead to a decreasing capacity to provide habitat for wildlife and environmental services to key sectors such as tourism or agriculture, ultimately inducing societal vulnerability.