Trading-off fish biodiversity, food security, and hydropower in the Mekong River Basin.

  title={Trading-off fish biodiversity, food security, and hydropower in the Mekong River Basin.},
  author={Guy Ziv and Eric Baran and So He Nam and Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe and Simon A. Levin},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={109 15},
The Mekong River Basin, site of the biggest inland fishery in the world, is undergoing massive hydropower development. Planned dams will block critical fish migration routes between the river's downstream floodplains and upstream tributaries. Here we estimate fish biomass and biodiversity losses in numerous damming scenarios using a simple ecological model of fish migration. Our framework allows detailing trade-offs between dam locations, power production, and impacts on fish resources. We find… CONTINUE READING
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