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. 


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


For further information and registration please contact:

Evelyn Hall
Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Tel: 0131 445 6916
Fax: 0131 445 5124