Powerful planning tool for river basins and lakes. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project title: R5030: Synthesis of simple predictive models for river fish yields in major tropical rivers and R6178: Synthesis of Simple Predictive Model for Fisheries in Tropical Lakes.

A new planning tool for river basins and lakes helps track trends and measure the likely results of changes to policies or regulations. Previous methods involved collecting large amounts of data and were expensive and time-consuming. Now, planners can quickly call up scenarios showing the impact of various options on rural development. The modelling tool is based on an extensive database of lake and river basin information from across the tropics. Proven in river and lake fisheries in Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Bolivia, FAO has now incorporated elements into the African Water Resources Database and the World Fisheries and Aquaculture Atlas. This tool also has great potential to be applied more widely, to water resources, human impact and climate change.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (9 pp.) taken from the CD.


FMSP01, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 131.

Published 1 January 2007