1. to conduct and promote research on all kinds of inland aquatic ecosystems, especially in under-explored areas and less understood topics.
2. to prepare an inventory and assessment of aquatic biodiversity and its functions in all inland waters;
3. to establish a comprehensive ICT –enabled database of all kinds of information on all inland waters, to serve as an online decision support system;
4. To develop or adapt, and to contribute to the development or adaptation of, methods and appropriate technologies for the restoration and management of inland aquatic ecosystems;