Developing effective fish passages for South-East Asian and Himalayan hydropower projects

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Developing effective fish passages for South-East Asian and Himalayan hydropower projects

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Date: Wednesday, 14 September
Time: 13:30 – 15:00

 

Development of large hydropower projects (HPPs) in SE Asian rivers, particularly in the Himalayas, is increasing rapidly. Maintaining connectivity and genetic diversity of migrating fish species is a major goal of sustainable HPPs, particularly those funded by the International Finance Corporation and other major lending institutions. Well-conceived fish passages can contribute greatly to this goal.

This session will explore fish passage designs and provide examples of successful fish ladders applicable SE Asia. Particular issues that will be addressed include:

  1. Key design elements for successful fish passages in SE Asia and the Himalayas
  2. Downstream fish passage considerations and options, and
  3. Alternatives for maintaining migration and/or genetic diversity if a fish ladder is not feasible.

Discussion will follow presentations to assess the current state of fish passage in South-East Asia and to evaluate novel approaches that may be appropriate for the region.

 

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