Water governance for water security: analysing institutional strengths and challenges in Finland

Lauri Ahopelto, Suvi Sojamo, Antti Belinskij, Niko Soininen, Marko Keskinen

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Abstract

The relationship between water security and water governance across different water-using sectors remains under-researched. We apply the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Water Governance Indicator Framework with revised principles and criteria to analyse three sectors critical to water security in Finland: bioeconomy, mining and water infrastructure. Our findings indicate that water security as a concept helps to both assess and clarify governance priorities, while well-functioning governance with engagement of key actors is a prerequisite for broader water security. Given the differing interests and emerging pressures related to water, ensuring water security requires well-resourced public sector agencies to coordinate interaction across sectors and actors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-173
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
Volume40
Issue number2
Early online date9 Nov 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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