Supervision of the dam safety

According to the Dam Safety Act: The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) which is competent in dam safety matters functions as the dam safety authority referred to in the Dam Safety Act.

There are 15 ELY Centres in Finland and the dam safety supervision is centralized in the ELY Centres for Kainuu (1.9.2015). It officially supervises all aspects of dam safety, excluding rescue procedures. Persons working in dam safety issues are located in Kajaani (Kainuu), Hämeenlinna (Häme) and Rovaniemi (Lapland).

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is responsible for general steering, follow-up and development of activities under the Dam Safety Act.


The responsibility for national development and international cooperation related to dams was transfered from Finnish environment institute to ELY centres 2010. 

Contact person (watercourse dams)  Eija Isomäki, eija.isomaki (a), +358 295 025 187.

Contact person (waste dams and tailings dams) Heli Nurmi, heli.nurmi (a), +358 295 023 846.

Published 2013-07-11 at 9:41, updated 2020-10-01 at 11:05