This theme is the platform for the research projects, most of which have a strong social component, that are being undertaken in countries such as Laos, Bhutan, Pakistan and Timor Leste. These are big projects ($500,000 plus) that will run over a number of years. Project topics include and have included community forestry, ecotourism, groundwater management, agriculture and fisheries, sustainable development and ecotourism.
Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson has some handy hints for working on large complex projects.
Community reforestation for biodiversity and livelihood diversification in Timor-Leste. Millar, J. (2017-2021), UK Darwin Initiative Fund, $528,703. Project details
Improving groundwater management to enhance agriculture and farming livelihoods in Pakistan. Finlayson, M., Punthakey, J., Allan, C., Mitchell, M. (2016-2020) ACIAR & CSU ($100,000), Total value of the project $2.15M Project details
Improving salinity and agricultural water management in the Indus Basin of Pakistan. Finlayson, M., Allan, C., Culas, R., Mitchell,M., Punthakey, J. (2017) ACIAR, $50,000
In search of the elusive Mekong salmon. Baumgartner, L. & Vu. V.A. (PhD student), (2016-2018), National Geographic Society Research Grant, $30,080 Project details
Quantifying improved fisheries productivity at fish rehabilitation sites in Lao PDR extension. Baumgartner, L., Marsden, T., Ning, N. & Horta, A. (2018-2019) ACIAR & USAID, $800,000
Quantifying improved fisheries productivity at fish passage rehabilitation sites in Lao PDR. Baumgartner, L., Robinson, W., McPherson, J. with Thorncraft, G. (National University of Laos), Phonekhampheng, O. (National University of Laos), Singhanouvong, D. (Living Aquatic Resources Research Centre) and Cooper, B. (UniSA) (2016-2020) ACIAR, $1,890,224 Project details
Sustainable rangeland management to protect red panda and herder livelihoods, Millar, J., Finlayson, M., & Tenzing, K. (2016-2019) Darwin Initiative Fund, $540,000 Project details
The role that Deltas play in sustain basin-scale fisheries in the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers. Baumgartner, L., & Vu, V.A. (PhD student) (2017-2020) IHE Delft. $30,127 Project details