Billions of dollars have been invested into irrigation programs in Southeast Asia. Recent growing awareness of the benefits of multi-functional ecosystems, has led to an opportunity to apply considerable Australian expertise and technology to aquatic ecosystem management in the region.
This project will develop the tools, guidelines and in-country capacities required to systematically incorporate ecosystem service and biodiversity considerations into irrigation rehabilitation, extension, and modernization programs.
To harness existing expertise in Australia and across the South East Asian region, to develop detailed and context-specific technical guidelines and training materials specifically focusing on two case studies
To undertake extensive stakeholder consultation and buy-in, targeting champions and practitioners in Indonesia and Myanmar
To develop capacity and training programs targeting local champions and decision-makers
To align with existing on-ground initiatives (funded by CSU and ACIAR) in Myanmar and Indonesia seeking to improve fisheries productivity at irrigation infrastructure using engineering solutions