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Aquaculture in the Philippines: Building the future

Fish and seafood represent an important source of protein for the average Filipino, at around 41% of animal protein intake. But despite a high demand for fisheries products in the Philippines, and extensive aquatic resources, fish is becoming increasingly unaffordable for the country’s poor due...

Assessing the economic value of coral reefs to Solomon Island communities

Coastal communities in Solomon Islands, like many island countries, rely heavily on their coral reef resources for subsistence and income generation. These reefs, similar to others throughout the world are under pressure from human induced impacts and over harvesting. In Solomon Islands, a...

Assessing the impact of dam development options on fish migrations and best alternative options in the Mekong Basin

The Mekong River ranks second in freshwater fish species richness among rivers in the world, with more than 780 species identified. More than 100 of these fish species are long-distance migrants, often travelling over hundreds of kilometers. This basin is also home to the most intensive inland...

Assessing the Impacts of Natural Resource Management and Policy Research in Development Programs

After decades of stagnation, global investment in agricultural research in pursuit of poverty reduction is on the rise. Developed nations are again looking to the many dimensions of agriculture, including forestry and fisheries, to help meet development goals (particularly the Millennium...

Balancing conservation of wetlands and sustainability of local livelihoods

The Stung Treng Ramsar Site in Cambodia is arguably the most important wetland complex for biodiversity in the Mekong River Basin. Placed onto the List of Wetlands of International Importance (also called ‘Ramsar Sites’) in 1999, this section of the Mekong is home to a unique riparian forest that...

Biodiversity of Freshwater Ecosystems: status, trends, pressures and conservation priorities

Freshwater in the form of rivers, lakes, groundwater and wetlands offers us a remarkably diverse array of natural functions and ecosystem services. However, there is clear and growing scientific evidence that we are on the verge of a major freshwater biodiversity crisis: in the 30 years between...

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