Fisheries monitoring in the Mekong Basin to assess impacts of mainstream hydropower projects as part of the Mekong River Joint Environment Monitoring (JEM)

Project Details
Project Period
2020 – 2022
Project Funding
Project Location

Project Summary

The MRC is piloting a Joint Environmental Monitoring (JEM) Program for Mekong mainstream hydropower projects. The program is being undertaken at two existing dams before being extended to all planned dams on the mainstem of the Mekong. During the pilot program’s inception phase, a gap in fish pass monitoring methodology was identified.

This project will test existing guidelines and provide recommendations for sustainable fish pass monitoring methodologies in the Mekong River Basin.

This will result in a method for monitoring fish passage in hydropower projects along the Mekong River, which could lead to improvements in the design of the fish passage structures.

It will also provide information to create an understanding of the potential impacts of hydropower projects on fish migration.


Team Members

Project Partners

  • Charles Sturt University (CSU)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ – Germany)
  • International Centre for Environmental Management (ICEM)
  • Australian Water partnership (AWP)
  • Mekong River Commission (MRC)
  • National University of Laos (NUoL)
  • Living Aquatic Resources Research Centre (LARReC – Lao PDR)
  • KarlTek Pty Ltd
  • AusVet International
  • Vemco

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