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Patro, E. R., Autti, O., Ghadimi, S., Hakovirta, J., Magga, P., Soikkeli, A., & Torabi Haghighi, A. (2022) Mapping the divergent perspectives surrounding Finnish hydropower and its removal. In D. Rajanen, M. Rajanen, N. Iivari, L. Kuure, T. Keisanen, M. Kinnula, T. Molin-Juustila, & R. Tumelius (Eds.), Proceedings of the Mini-Conference on Transdisciplinary Research and Design (TRaD 2022). INTERACT, 6, 19-25.

Mapping the divergent perspectives surrounding Finnish hydropower and its removal

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Author: Patro, Epari Ritesh1; Autti, Outi2; Ghadimi, Sahand1;
Organizations: 1Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Oulu School of Architecture, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.3 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022092860348
Language: English
Published: Oulun yliopisto, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-09-28
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Abstract

As the values and power relations in the world change, so do the desires regarding water use and recreation. The general appreciation and debate emphasize the importance of rivers and their role in ecosystem functions. Dismantling of dams is seen as one way to restore the diversity of watercourses and, in particular, the natural life cycle of migratory fish. However, in practice, it is evident that other factors besides their ecological benefits influence dam removal decisions. In the past, the large dams suffered from a monodisciplinary view on storing water only for electricity generation. The local population and the environment did not play a major role in the past. Dam removal is inherently transdisciplinary effort, multiple objectives are at stake and have to be addressed concurrently. A transdisciplinary approach is needed to address sustainable water management issues at a local to regional scale, this can be achieved in collaboration with various stakeholders. The main aim of this article is to show how to develop a framework that can support the decision-making process by accommodating the input of different stakeholders while increasing the transparency of the decision analysis process about the future of aging Finnish hydropower dams.

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Series: Interact
ISSN: 2490-130X
ISSN-L: 2490-130X
ISBN: 978-952-62-337-1
Issue: 6
Pages: 19 - 25
Host publication: Proceedings of the Mini-Conference on Transdisciplinary Research and Design (TRaD 2022) : 14th February 2022, University of Oulu (online)
Host publication editor: Rajanen, Dorina
Rajanen, Mikko
Iivari, Netta
Kuure, Leena
Keisanen, Tiina
Kinnula, Marianne
Molin-Juustila, Tonja
Tumelius, Riikka
Conference: Mini-Conference on Transdisciplinary Research and Design (TRaD 2022)
Type of Publication: D3 Professional conference proceedings
Field of Science: 218 Environmental engineering
211 Architecture
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