Unfettered development of water resources can have negative impacts on aquatic biodiversity and riparian communities. It is important there is broad acceptance that development must be sustainable, taking full account of national priorities as well as the varying needs of direct beneficiaries (e.g. power companies and farmers) and nearby communities (e.g. fishers and other traditional users of the multiple services provided by rivers).
Integrated planning of land and water management is an essential first step in sustainable development of irrigated agriculture. Well formulated plans ensure availability and productive use of water, while simultaneously protecting the environment and communities from possible negative impacts associated with irrigation development. Planning needs to be catchment-specific, to account for local geography, environment, biodiversity, and community expectations, and broader regional and national government imperatives.
Modernizing irrigated agriculture to protect and restore aquatic biodiversity and ecosystems services in SE Asia (2019-2023)
Funding Australian Water Partnership (DFAT funded) $484K
This project has developed the tools, guidelines and in-country capacities required to systematically incorporate ecosystem service and biodiversity considerations into irrigation rehabilitation, extension, and modernization programs.