ROWING EVENT FOR FREE VUOTOS
the River run free
NATURA 2000 site in Finnish Lapland
Finnish activists of free Vuotos movement are
organising a traditional rowing on the river Kemijoki to demonstrate
their objection to the plans to build a reservoir for energy
generation in Vuotos. Join us and enjoy the beauty of Lapland !
1992 the Finnish government granted the mostly state owned energy
company Kemijoki a permission to apply for the right to build the
Vuotos Reservoir. After years of dispute the matter was taken to the
Water Rights Appeal Court. Wide areas of the Vuotos region were
suggested to the NATURA 2000 network by the Environment Ministry. If
the Vuotos Reservoir was built several sites with considerable
national and regional natural values would be submerged.
covernment of Finland decided these areas not being in Natura 2000 network!
Water Court of the Northern Finland gave 29.2.2000 permission to dam
the Kemi river and construct a 240 km2 big so called Vuotos reservoir.
out of the four members of the court opposed the project. He stated
that it fulfils the criteria of absolutely forbidden construction on
basis of large ecological damage.
this stage, the Water Court gave only a very restrected permission
for deforestation to the power company Kemijoki to ensure that the
ecological values would not be destroyed while the legal process
moves on to higher courts.
reservoir would wipe out landscapes formed during the last Ice Age
about 1 5.000 years ago. Islands with valuable floodplain species,
endangered plants would disappear. Hundreds of sand martines nest on
the sand banks. Peregrine falcons nest there. Impact on the
downstream water system would include reduction of oxygen and
increase in phosporous content. Mercury load would increase.
farming and berry picking as well as forestry are important sources
of income for local people. These would be seriously affected. So,
For further details of Vuotos project:
in Brussels tel +32-2-2845446, e-mail email@example.com,
in Helsinki tel +358-9-667921,e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
showing natural values of the upper parts of the River Kemijoki.
showing natural values of Kokonaapa, a large swamp.
showing consequences of 7 meters regulation of the natural lake of Kemijärvi.
showing consequences of actions made the Kemijoki company in the