Northern forests leading the way to sustainability

Northern ToSIA (Tool for Sustainability Impact Assessment) final conference

18 and 19 August 2011

What was the event?

Over the last three years, the Northern ToSIA project has developed new ways to assess the sustainability of forest based activities in Northern Europe. Drawing on case studies in Finland (North Karelia), Sweden (Malå Sami Village), Norway (Indre Helgeland) and Scotland (Cairngorms National Park) the conference demonstrated how the results of the project can help decision-makers balance the demands of different aspects of forestry, for example timber production, wildlife management and recreation.

A key focus of the Conference was ToSIA – the Tool for Sustainability Impact Assessment – which has been developed and applied across the region with funding from the EU Northern Periphery Programme.

Topics for discussion included:

  • Multifunctional landscapes - Effects of consideration in forestry to reindeer husbandry and/or environment (Sweden)
  • Forest resource utilisation and increase of wood based bioenergy production: research knowledge to regional decision making (Finland)
  • Multifunctional Landscapes: how do we manage forests in a National Park to meet diverse societal expectations? (Scotland)
  • Protect or Produce: forest management scenarios Helgeland (Norway)
  • Tools for Sustainability Impact Assessment: how can the use of ToSIA support forestry decision making and communication between stakeholders?

Conference agenda (MS Word-2Mb)

Who was the event suitable for?

Forest and land use policy and decision makers, planners, managers and researchers; representatives of national, regional and local authorities; forest industry representatives; Sámi representatives and other forest users.

Where did the event take place?

Hotel Bear’s Lodge
Pohtimolammentie 203
97220 Sinettä

N 66° 39.813', E 25° 21.158'

Tel. +358 (0)16 5300 400 ,


For further information contact:

Northern ToSIA
European Forest Institute (EFI)
Torikatu 34
80100 Joensuu


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