Dam Removal Award 2021 goes to Finland!
On Thursday May 19 at 1PM (local time) Dam Removal Award 2021 winner was announced in Lisbon during international seminar Connected rivers. The South Karelia Foundation for Recreation Areas impressed the Jury with their innovative and impactful dam removal. The Happy fish statue and 10.000 euro cheque will travel to Finland!
The first award of this kind in Europe at its first edition: a new way to celebrate the most innovative and inspiring barrier removals from European rivers.
Presentation of top 5 nominees
”“There has been an enormous amount of work over a long period of time to liberate the river, and now is the time to celebrate,”Hanna OllikainenCEO of the South Karelia Foundation for Recreation Area
”Kangakoski dam removal represents holistic approach to removing barriers; from partners consortium to stakeholder involvement and careful planning not only the removal works, but also restoration of the rapids. The project proved that once unthinkable – removing operational hydropower plant – is possible and can deliver positive shift for nature and people. The benefits of the removal were instant; newly opened river extends habitat and spawning grounds for endangered landlocked salmon population. First new spawning nests were observed soon after the removal and area is seeing increase in tourist visits, which shows the importance of Hiitolanjoki river restoration for not only migratory fish but also regional economy.Dam Removal Award Jury