Professor Lee Baumgartner, Dr Wayne Robinson, Dr Nathan Ning, Dr John Conallin, Dr Jen Bond, Dr Nick Pawsey.
Sustainable Development (International)
The recent increase in water development projects throughout South East Asia threatens the long-term sustainability of productive inland capture fisheries. Capture fisheries are important as they are often the main source of protein and cash income for river communities, often the most vulnerable to climate change and nutrient deprivation.
This project follows on from two other ACIAR projects, the Fish passage project and the Development of fish passage technology to increase fisheries production on floodplains in the lower Mekong Basin project which demonstrated the benefits of fish passage within irrigated landscapes. A major learning from these projects was that research, policy, governance and institutional capacity all play key roles in wide-scale application, and will act as an implementation blocks within countries if they are not adequately considered and incorporated.
The project aims to:
The project is being implemented in three South East Asian countries - Laos, Myanmar, and Indonesia - where researchers have already developed strong working relationships with in-country project partners in:
Expected outcomes from this project are:
Professor Lee Baumgartner