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A collaborative international project funded by the European Union's INCO-DC programme is undertaking limnological, fish biological, environmental and socio-economic research in five tropical lakes and reservoirs in Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Philippines over the period 1998-2001. The aim is to determine their trophic structure and their capacity to sustain both their existing Fisheries and present and future aquaculture. In some cases, these activities could potentially be expanded for the benefit of rural communities and of the local market within the bounds of social and environmental sustainability. This paper describes the concepts and methods involved in this innovative multidisciplinary project which aims to integrate limnological, fisheries and socio-economic issues in a comparative approach involving Asian and European research teams. [KEYWORDS: Asia; reservoirs; lakes; food web interaction; fish biology; aquaculture; fisheries; ecosystems; socio-economic development Resources management; sri-lanka; perspective; growth]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-190
StatePublished - 2001

ID: 399891