Northern Tool for Sustainability Impact Assessment (Northern ToSIA)

Helping forestry stakeholders analyse the sustainability of their activities

Summary

Northern ToSIA developed a comprehensive decision support tool and software platform for stakeholders to assess the impact of forestry activities on sustainability.

Key findings/outputs

  • ToSIA 2.0 – a software package, incorporating the ToSIA models, which runs simulations and guides users in case study design
  • Cairngorm National Park Plan 2012 – direct use of ToSIA outputs in the development of the strategic plan, with recommendations for its use in future planning

Our involvement

Forest Research collaborated with partners from Finland, Sweden and Norway to develop models and design local case studies for ToSIA testing. The team collected data from the Strath Mashie and Inshriach forests to develop the Scottish ToSIA case study.

Publications

Funders and partners

Co-financed by the Northern Periphery Programme (2007–2013) and several national and regional sources:

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
  • Ministry of Environment (FIN)
  • Regional Council of North Karelia (FIN)
  • Forestry Commission (UK)
  • County Administrative Board of Västerbotten (SE)
  • County Governor of Nordland (NO).

Partners:

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
  • Ministry of Environment, Finland
  • Regional Council of North Karelia, Finland
  • Forestry Commission, UK
  • County Administrative Board of Västerbotten, Sweden
  • County Governor of Nordland, Norway

Status

2008-2012

Contact

David Edwards