Seminar: Exploring possibilities for Adaptive Governance of Nordic Rivers
Castrén-sali (ls 11)
This seminar focuses on adaptive governance of Nordic river basins. Water resources are essential for energy and food production as well as for tourism and biodiversity. Some water uses are complementary, whereas some are rivalling. Especially hydropower production and land use impacts on water quality have a history of societal tension in Finland. These tensions are mostly due to a mismatch between historical modes of natural resources governance and present social ecological needs. This seminar aims to discuss the ways how to change governance modes to respond to present social ecological needs.
River basins are complex and dynamic systems with myriad social, ecological and economic components. In an era of global environmental change, most notably climate change and biodiversity loss, scientiﬁc uncertainty underscores all management and governance of such systems. Environmental change and uncertainty call for adaptive governance, which allows new scientiﬁc knowledge, new technologies and changing societal values to be considered in environmental and water management. This in turn requires interdisciplinary science and institutional, procedural and substantive adaptive capacity from the law.
The seminar is organised under the ‘Enhancing Adaptive Capacity for Sustainable Blue Growth (BlueAdapt)’ project. BlueAdapt develops innovative means for supporting sustainable blue growth in food production, energy production and tourism. We seek new societally impactful solutions and alternative development paths for sustainable transitions in these three sectors. We develop new governance practices and regulatory approaches that support the resilience of ecological, social and economic systems. BlueAdapt is funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland.
Prof. Jukka Similä (University of Lapland): Welcoming words
Prof. Anna-Stiina Heiskanen (Finnish Environment Institute): Introduction to the BlueAdapt project (Agora)
Prof. Barbara Cosens (University of Idaho): Challenges and solutions in regulating river basin management
Researcher Hannu Huukki (Oulu Business School): The role of hydropower in the Finnish energy system
Senior research scientist Aki Mäki-Petäys (Natural Resources Institute Finland): Impacts of hydropower on river habitats and migratory ﬁsh stock
Research Scientist Seppo Hellsten (Finnish Environment Institute): Impacts of land use on water resources
Prof. Niko Soininen (University of Helsinki): Torn by (un)certainty – legal problems in river basin management
Researcher Panu Kontio (Finnish Environment Institute): Stakeholder engagement: a solution to improve implementation of watershed management?
Researcher Panu Orell (Natural Resources Institute Finland): How to integrate the needs of hydropower and migratory ﬁsh
Prof. Jukka Similä (University of Lapland): Offsetting as a means to compensate environmental harms
Panel Discussion: Way forward. Facilitator Mikael Sokero, Seppo Hellsten, Antti Belinskij, Panu Kontio, Panu Orell, Barbara Cosens