Regoverning the Existing Hydropower System: Integrating ecological, economic and societal aspects of sustainability (SusHydro)

SusHydro project creates interdisciplinary guidelines for sustainable governance of existing hydropower. It aims to integrate the ecological, economic, and social pillars of sustainability in a novel and innovative way. The project argues that the society surrounding hydropower has changed, but its governance has largely remained the same due to, for example, the strong permanence of hydropower permits and inadequate ecological knowledge.

Ecological sustainability

We will study whole-community biodiversity (by eDNA) with fish and benthic macroinvertebrate analysis and assessment. Our aim is to reveal large scale ecosystem effects of hydropower and barriers within river networks.

SusHydro provides footsteps for regoverning the industry towards sustainable transformation.

The project is funded by the Academy of Finland.


More information

PI, Senior Research Scientist, Saija Koljonen, tel. +358 295 251 791,

Senior Research Scientist, Jani Heino, tel. +358 295 251 157,



Published 2021-08-16 at 10:44, updated 2021-08-16 at 12:29