International Fish Passage Project Awarded

Congratulations to the CSU led research team on winning this Distinguished International Project Award 

The CSU Team comprises local villagers, scientists, engineers and manufacturers in Lao PDR and Australia

This Project is now rolling out from Lao PDR to other countries in Southeast Asia

A research team led by Charles Sturt University (CSU) has received the Distinguished Project Award for an international project seeking to protect the health and livelihoods of millions of people living in the Mekong Basin of Southeast Asia.

The research team, led by Dr Lee Baumgartner from the CSU Institute for Land, Water and Society, set up its first fishway, also known as fish ladders, in Pak Peung village in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) near the mighty Mekong River.

“We have engaged strongly with Australian private businesses who have supported the project through the design and construction of critical infrastructure, which was built in Australia and shipped to Lao PDR for installation. It is a true public-private partnership,” Dr Baumgartner said.

“The project has also received support from the highest levels in Lao PDR, with scientists and technical people from fisheries and irrigation agencies heavily involved in the project from the start.

“In addition, the National University of Laos now teaches about fishways to its students, who have also helped us with our research. And Pak Peung village has now become a major centre of interest for fishways, with visitors from across the country.



Courtesy of CSU Media.

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