28 Jan 2021

A webinar series to explore the potential for incorporating fisheries and aquaculture into water management and irrigation.

Date: Thursday28 January 2021

Time: 15:00 – 19:00 (UTC+8)

Watch the event recording:

The 2021 Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) brought together a number of stakeholders from the water management sectors, research organizations and investment institutions to discuss scaling-up technical improvements to the integration of inland fisheries into irrigation and water management systems.

Drawing on the publications on inland fisheries, irrigation and water management led by WorldFish, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), APFIC Secretariat and FAO, the panel speakers, including WorldFish’s Post Doctoral Fellow for Sustainable Aquaculture, Mark Dubois, presented their perspectives on the opportunities and feasibility of integrating irrigation systems with fisheries, drawn from their recently launched guideline, to boost food systems resilience and productivity in low-and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa.

Opening remarks and facilitator:

  • Simon Funge-Smith, Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) & FAO
  • John Valbo-Jørgensen, Fisheries Resources Officer (Inland fisheries), FAO

Invited speakers and their presentation:

  • Matthew McCartney, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
    • Irrigation’s perspective
  • Lee Baumgartner, Charles Sturt University (CSU) – Integrating into Irrigation Systems
    • Fish Passage Technology Approaches, Lao PDR/Cambodia
  • Simon Funge-Smith, Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) & FAO 
    • Integration into Reservoirs, Stocking and Enhancement
  • Rick Gregory, CAPFISH (Capture) FAO
    • Refuge Systems in Rice Systems
  • Mark Dubois, WorldFish
    • Habitat, Nature-based Solutions & Water Management Options
  • John Conallin, Charles Sturt University (CSU)
    • Myanmar Rivers and Wetlands: Challenges for Sustainable Development
  • Apiradee Hanpongkittikul, Department of Fisheries, Thailand, Bangkok
    • Thailand Water Gate Management: Nam Kam case study
  • Ian Cowx, University of Hull
    • Marine Resources Committee Habitat Restoration and Protection Project
  • David Salter or Niloofar Sadeghi, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    • The investment perspective 

To learn more about the outcomes and key takeaways from the virtual discussion, explore the inland capture fisheries publications and check out the official event page.

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