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Knowledge Exchange for Efficient Passage of Fishes in the Southern Hemisphere

Objective

The decline of freshwater fish biodiversity is proceeding at an alarming and persistent rate. Given that most fish must undertake some form of migration in order to complete their life-cycle, of particular concern is the proliferation of hydropower schemes that block migration routes, as well as a variety of other barriers such as weirs and culverts. Several locations in the southern hemisphere are among the major global hotspots of hydropower development. They are also home to some of the least studied fish communities in the world. Mitigation measures for fish passage have traditionally relied on designs developed for strong swimming fishes of the northern hemisphere. These designs are ineffective for generally smaller, relatively weak swimming fish, such as those found in temperate regions of the southern hemisphere, but there is very little understanding of the mechanisms involved. This innovative project represents the first systematic attempt to bring together world-leading practitioners from Europe with biologists, engineers and stakeholders from the southern hemisphere in an effort to exchange knowledge and construct a shared vision for fish passage science and policy. This will be achieved through systematic review, expert consultation, ecological modelling, training programmes, networking and stakeholder engagement using a novel combination of approaches. The outcomes will include: high quality journal publications; a summer school; a set of funding bids based on a co-constructed research strategy; and a model predicting fish passage for species of the southern hemisphere. The project’s key performance indicators will include: number of publications on fish passage in the southern hemisphere; uptake of robust methods in fish passage research; corresponding citations; metrics indicating public awareness (online activity, readership of popular publications, number of people reached in public engagement events); and policy citations.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/hydroelectricity

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
Address
Priory Street
CV1 5FB Coventry
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 54 000

Participants (3)

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 22 500
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HOCHSCHULE MAGDEBURG-STENDAL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 13 500
Address
Breitscheidstrasse 2
39114 Magdeburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 36 000
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (5)

UNIVERSIDAD DE CONCEPCION
Chile
Address
Victor Lamas 1290
4070386 Concepcion
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Australia
Address
Parkvilleoffice Of The Vice Chancellor
3010 Melbourne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDATE FEDERAL DE LAVRAS
Brazil
Address
Campus Universitario - S/n
37200000 Lavras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF WATER AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH
New Zealand
Address
Market Place Viaduct Harbour 41
1149 Auckland
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE SAO JOAO DEL REI
Brazil
Address
Praca Frei Orlando, 170 Centro
36307-352 Sao Joao Del Rei
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments