Assessing the sustainability impacts of forest management in Northern Europe – a Scottish perspective

20 May 2010

What was the event?

The Cairngorms National Park has been selected as a case study area for an EU-funded project assessing the sustainability of forest based activities in rural areas of Northern Europe - Northern ToSIA (Tool for Sustainability Impact Assessment). The results of this project will help managers to balance the demands of different aspects of forestry, for example: timber production, wildlife, and recreation.

The aim of this seminar was to explore how impact assessment can be incorporated into regional and business planning in the forestry sector. It :

  • Highlighted the need for comprehensive monitoring tools for forestry and land use planning within and beyond the Cairngorms National Park
  • Introduced delegates to ‘ToSIA’ (Tool for Sustainability Impact Assessment), and discuss its application in the four case study areas
  • Included a practical discussion of the possible sustainability impacts of altering land use under different scenarios in the Cairngorms National Park, and how these impacts could be assessed.
  • Provided an opportunity to meet with partners from other northern European countries and contribute to the development of the project. 

Presentations

Who was the event suitable for?

Those who have a role in forestry and land-use planning, particularly within the Cairngorms National Park, but also in similar regions in Scotland and Northern Europe.

Where did the event take place?

Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort
Aviemore
Inverness-shire
PH22 1PN GB

Contact

For further information and registration please contact:

Evelyn Hall
Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Roslin
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Tel: 0131 445 6916
Fax: 0131 445 5124
Email: evelyn.hall@forestry.gsi.gov.uk