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Monday, November 2 • 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Lessons From Around the World: Balancing Socioeconomic Factors, Hydropower Development, Land-use Change and Fisheries Ecology for a Sustainable Future of the Mekong River Ecosystem

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Stephen J. Walsh, U.S. Geological Survey

The Mekong River is one of the great rivers of the world, with an exceptional freshwater fish diversity surpassed only by the much larger Amazon and Congo basins. Fisheries of the Mekong basin are of critical socioeconomic importance, providing food security for over 60 million people. Fisheries resources of the region, however, are increasingly jeopardized by rapid population growth, hydrologic alteration, and a myriad of associated land-use changes. The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has a long-standing history of working with scientists and governments in Southeast Asia to foster informed economic development in the Lower Mekong River Basin. Developing nations of the region are benefitting from technical assistance provided by DOI scientists to better inform management and planning decisions. Notable issues pertaining to hydropower expansion include improved fish-passage design and core ecological research and monitoring approaches that draw on past experiences from large-river management programs in the U.S. and other developed countries. As a case example, biologists of the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are providing guidance to the government of Lao PDR to assess critical research gaps and build capacity and institutional infrastructure for addressing key issues regarding fish migration, ecology, and genetics. Funding and logistical support is provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. State Department.

Monday November 2, 2015 3:20pm - 3:40pm EST
Windsor A

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