Bringing Back Ecological Flows : Migratory Fish, Hydropower and Legal Maladaptivity in the Governance of Finnish Rivers

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Soininen , N A J , Belinskij , A , Vainikka , A & Huuskonen , H 2019 , ' Bringing Back Ecological Flows : Migratory Fish, Hydropower and Legal Maladaptivity in the Governance of Finnish Rivers ' , Water International , vol. 44 , no. 3 , pp. 321-336 . https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2019.1542260

Title: Bringing Back Ecological Flows : Migratory Fish, Hydropower and Legal Maladaptivity in the Governance of Finnish Rivers
Author: Soininen, Niko Aarne Johannes; Belinskij, Antti; Vainikka, Anssi; Huuskonen, Hannu
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law
Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Water International
ISSN: 0250-8060
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/286184
Abstract: Historically, Finnish rivers supported vital populations of migratory salmonids. Presently, these species are more or less endangered due to extensive damming and hydropower production. In this article, we study the main legal and scientific drivers for re-evaluating some of the existing hydropower operations in Finland. We argue that there is a need for re-evaluation on the basis of legal obligations stemming largely from EU law and new scientific knowledge. Theoretically, our setting opens up a classical adaptive governance problem in how to address laws and past decisions that are based on outdated assump- tions about the functioning of social-ecological systems.
Subject: 513 Law
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
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