Evaluation of the Fishing Agreement of Tenojoki River
The fishing agreement between Finland and Norway on the Tenojoki River entered into force in March 2017. During its preparation, the Finnish Parliament outlined that the fishing agreement and its functionality should be evaluated three years after its enforcement. Akordi, appointed by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, performed this evaluation in 2019-2020.
The evaluation was not an impact assessment on the new regulation (such as economic, social and environmental impacts). Instead, its purpose was to enable different stakeholders to develop their own views and create a common picture of the controversial matter. At the same time, the way the evaluation was carried out promoted interaction between different stakeholders. It also provided a better basis for joint problem-solving.
Through in-depth stakeholder assessment and interviews, Akordi provided a holistic understanding of how the stakeholders viewed the Tenojoki fishing agreement, and whether they felt a need for revising the agreement. The findings were compiled into a report published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.