This project (hereafter referred to as the ‘Governance project’) follows on from a program of work undertaken by the IFRG dating back to 2006, which has demonstrated that fishways can mitigate the impacts of irrigation development and also have lasting socio-economic benefits for river communities in South East Asia.
The Governance project is currently being carried out simultaneously in three South East Asian countries (Lao PDR, Cambodia and Indonesia), and involves partnerships between the IFRG and irrigation departments and universities within each country.
To understand the motivations of donors, investors and irrigation agencies for choosing whether or not to include fish passage within development projects
To define institutional capacity needs to enable design and implementation of future fish passage programs and facilitate uplift in fishways capability
To fill critical knowledge gaps needed to demonstrate proof of concept to donor agencies
To develop policy needs of the partner countries and donors