Water for fish and irrigation in the Mekong

a woman wearing a hat standing in shallow water planting rice
Project code
AUD 250,000
Research program manager
Dr Neil Lazarow
Project leader
Tarek Ketelsen
Commissioned organisation
Australia Mekong Partnership for Environmental Resources and Energy Systems
OCT 2022
JAN 2024
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project aims to scope, develop, and pilot a novel participatory planning approach with communities in the Mekong to co-design interventions for the integration of fisheries and irrigated agriculture for more environmentally sustainable and socially equitable outcomes.

The project will examine the integration of fisheries and irrigation in agroecology and social contexts across the Mekong region, utilising two pilot schemes in Cambodia and Lao PDR, with the intention of developing "best practices" for implementation in other schemes in the future. Led by AMPERES, in partnership with Charles Sturt University (Australia) and the International Water Management Institute, the project will engage with multiple stakeholders across scales.

Expected project outcomes

  • Developing and piloting a community-based participatory planning approach for co-designing interventions for rice-fish systems to be environmentally sustainable and socially equitable.
  • Establishing a method for scaling the participatory planning tool 'up and out' to related Mekong contexts.
  • Consolidating knowledge to draft "best practice" guidelines on integrated rice-fish systems and rural water management in the Lower Mekong.
illustration of a map showing the countries in the Mekong
Key partners
Australia Mekong Partnership for Environmental Resources and Energy Systems