Sustainability impact assessment of the forestry-wood chain (EFORWOOD)

Is the European forestry sector sustainable for the long-term?


Wood chain diagram 

The EFORWOOD project assessed the long term economic, environmental and social sustainability of the European forestry value chain. Forest Research contributed its expertise on sustainable management practices and social and cultural evaluations. The research team supported the ToSIA sub-project to integrate sustainable impact assessments into a forestry decision management platform.

Key outputs

  • Publication of a set of sustainability indicators and guidelines on data collection
  • Launch of ToSIA – a computerized decision-support tool that provides decision-makers with objective insights into how changes in forestry management and the wood supply chain affect employment, the economy, biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Evaluation of the social and cultural value of European forests
  • Test case studies – using ToSIA to analyse the sustainability impacts of new technologies in Scandinavian sawmills, emissions policies in Baden Wurtemburg and the EU-wide adoption of the Natura 2000 nature conservation directive

Our involvement

As a full partner in the project Forest Research provided key experimental, conceptual and modelling expertise for the development of sustainability impact assessments, the core component of the ToSIA system. The team also provided substantial research resources and analysis into the cultural and social value of forests and woodlands. Forest Research worked with the Forestry Commission to provide the project with access to a well documented UK woodchain as a source of real-world data and as a test case for the project’s modelling and ToSIA outputs.


Funders and partners

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Funded by the EU Sixth Framework Programme.

The project involved 38 partner organisations from 24 countries.




David Edwards