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Forestry Commission Objectives – When is Equality Analysis Required?

The following tables examine the main work programmes and key objectives of each part of the Forestry Commission as outlined in
the Corporate Plans, and identifies those, which can contribute to the Forestry Commission achieving its legally required General
Duty as set out in the Equality Act 2010.

Our General Duty, which applies to staff and customers, is to:
    Eliminate discriminations, harassment and victimisation;
    Advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups;
    Foster good relations between people from different groups.

Each of the work programmes or objectives has been classified in one of four ways as follows:
    None – will not contribute to the FC achieving the General Duty. Therefore, no equality considerations or formal equality
      analysis required.
    Low – unlikely to contribute to the FC achieving the General Duty except in exceptional circumstances or with regard to a
      minor aspect. Therefore, equality consideration necessary but unlikely to require in depth equality analysis.
    Medium – likely to contribute to the FC achieving the General Duty. Equality consideration and equality analysis likely to be
      required.
    High – will definitely contribute to the FC achieving the General Duty. Equality analysis definitely required.




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However, regardless of the indications of likely relevance outlined below, equality considerations and analysis must always be carried
out if a policy, project, service or function has a significant impact on Forestry Commission staff or customers.

In addition, all communications including reports, software, databases, etc must be accessible for those people with disabilities.



                             Forestry Commission Great Britain Corporate Plan 2012-13
Work Programme                    Key Actions                        Relevance to the Diversity        Points to consider
                                                                     Agenda
Forest Biosecurity                Improve horizon scanning to        None
                                  identify new threats, develop
                                  contingency plans and
                                  introduce controls to prevent
                                  accidental introduction from
                                  imports and other pathways
                                  Work with partners to deliver a    Low                               Depends on the potential
                                  cross-border tree health                                             impact on people and
                                  strategy and forest biosecurity                                      communities
                                  action plan
                                  Develop a risk framework with      None
                                  a range of criteria to enable
                                  strategic prioritisation of
                                  practical actions on tree pests
                                  and pathogens
                                  Support continued investment       None
                                  in research and work with


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                            Forestry Commission Great Britain Corporate Plan 2012-13
Work Programme                  Key Actions                         Relevance to the Diversity   Points to consider
                                                                    Agenda
                                partners to develop a
                                comprehensive, cross-
                                disciplinary research
                                programme
Climate Change                  Further increase the area of        Low                          Depends on the potential
                                new planting approved under                                      impact on people and
                                the Woodland Carbon Code                                         communities
                                Continue research and analysis      Low                          There may be some impact to
                                of forestry’s role in helping to                                 consider depending on the type
                                tackle climate change, from                                      of socio-economic research
                                natural science and socio-                                       carried out
                                economic perspectives
                                Examine new funding                 Low                          Depends on the potential
                                mechanisms for woodland                                          impact on people and
                                creation and to encourage                                        communities
                                forestry’s contribution to a
                                green economy
                                Produce scenarios of above          None
                                ground future carbon
                                production
Forestry Standards              Deliver a comprehensive             Low                          Need to ensure that the
                                training package to ensure that                                  training package is as


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                            Forestry Commission Great Britain Corporate Plan 2012-13
Work Programme                  Key Actions                        Relevance to the Diversity   Points to consider
                                                                   Agenda
                                the new UKFS is embedded in                                     accessible as possible
                                UK forestry practice
                                Develop quick start guidance       Low                          Guidance needs to be as
                                for the UKFS to ease adoption                                   accessible as possible
                                Work with colleagues in FC         None
                                England to explore how UKFS
                                can be used to deliver light-
                                touch but robust regulation
                                through piloting a system of
                                earned recognition
                                Ensure that the implementation     None
                                of the proposed EU Due
                                Diligence regulation is aligned
                                with the UK Forestry Standard
                                Ensure criteria for sustainable    None
                                biomass are aligned with the
                                UK Forestry Standard
                                By the end of 2013, develop an     Low                          Implementation of the Forests
                                independent measure of the                                      and People Guidelines will have
                                implementation of the UK                                        a high relevance to the
                                Forestry Standard and                                           Diversity Agenda and will
                                Guidelines                                                      require Equality Analysis


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                            Forestry Commission Great Britain Corporate Plan 2012-13
Work Programme                  Key Actions                       Relevance to the Diversity   Points to consider
                                                                  Agenda
                                Review country-level              Low                          Implementation of the Forests
                                approaches to the                                              and People Guidelines will have
                                implementation of the UKFS                                     a high relevance to the
                                                                                               Diversity Agenda and will
                                                                                               require Equality Analysis
Evidence                        Direct and manage research        Medium                       The social research programme
                                programmes relevant to the                                     is directly relevant and will
                                forestry sector, and                                           require Equality Analysis.
                                disseminate results                                            Dissemination of results must
                                                                                               be accessible, as appropriate
                                Conduct a full review of the      None
                                Science and Innovation
                                Strategy for British forestry
                                Respond to the                    None
                                recommendations of the
                                External Review of the Forest
                                Research Agency
                                Develop close partnership         None
                                working with other Government
                                Departments and external
                                organisations to leverage our
                                research spend


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                            Forestry Commission Great Britain Corporate Plan 2012-13
Work Programme                  Key Actions                        Relevance to the Diversity   Points to consider
                                                                   Agenda
                                Develop appropriate new            None
                                measures of performance to
                                assess the quality of our
                                research
                                Provide timely and accurate        None                         Statistical information must be
                                official statistics (including                                  as accessible as possible
                                National Statistics) on the
                                forestry sector, such as forest
                                area, timber volume, biomass
                                and carbon stored, to inform
                                trade and industry,
                                Government and general public
                                Publish maps, forecasts and        None                         Information must be as
                                analysis from the National                                      accessible as possible
                                Forest inventory
Ways of Working                 Work with Forestry Commission      High                         Impact on staff, including
                                England and Defra to provide a                                  reductions, must be
                                more integrated and                                             considered, including the
                                streamlined approach to our GB                                  subsequent effects on services
                                and England functions                                           directly to the public. Equality
                                                                                                Analysis will be required.
                                Work to deal with the transfer     High                         Impact on staff must be


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                            Forestry Commission Great Britain Corporate Plan 2012-13
Work Programme                  Key Actions                         Relevance to the Diversity   Points to consider
                                                                    Agenda
                                of functions in Wales to the                                     considered, including the
                                new Single Body to ensure that                                   subsequent effects on services
                                business continuity for the rest                                 directly to the public. Equality
                                of FC remains a priority                                         Analysis will be required.
                                Reduce staff numbers and            High                         Impact on staff, including
                                examine and implement other                                      reductions, must be
                                cost-saving measures                                             considered, including the
                                                                                                 subsequent effects on services
                                                                                                 directly to the public. Equality
                                                                                                 Analysis will be required.
                                Explore innovative ways of          None
                                increasing the leverage for our
                                resources
                                Continue to roll out our            None
                                Environmental Management
                                System to ensure that we
                                maintain accreditation to ISO
                                14001:2004




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                                         Forestry Commission England Corporate Plan 2012-13
                                                                                      Relevance to
                                                                                        Diversity
 Work Programme                                Key Actions                              Agenda                   Points to consider
Protection                    Implement key actions to contribute to                 None
                              Biodiversity 20201 (Bio2020), including on
                              the Public Forest Estate.
                              Implement the Forestry Commission Tree                 Low             Same as “Implement the Forestry
                              Health Biosecurity Strategy in order to                                Commission Biosecurity Strategy” for the
                              reduce the chances of new tree diseases                                11-15 plan, which was “low”.
                              being imported and strengthen cross-sectoral
                              networks to manage disease outbreaks.
                              Implement commitments arising from the                 None
                              Forest Regulation Task Force, in particular a
                              system of earned recognition for forestry
                              operations and further simplifying our grant
                              scheme.




1
    To be updated when the implementation plan is published in March 2012.



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                               Forestry Commission England Corporate Plan 2012-13
                                                                      Relevance to
                                                                        Diversity
Work Programme                         Key Actions                      Agenda                   Points to consider
                      Increase our support for the Deer Initiative   None
                      (a key contribution to Bio2020), which aims
                      to reduce deer populations to sustainable
                      levels through encouraging collaboration
                      between landowners, promotion of deer
                      management activities, such as wild-venison
                      marketing.
                      Introduce a new approach to deer               None
                      management on the Public Forest Estate,
                      including greater involvement of private
                      sector partners.
                      Support the new Nature Improvement Area        Low             Covered in the FS EqA in the “engagement
                      partnerships in order to create bigger and                     with stakeholders” section.
                      better connected habitats.
                      Implement key actions from the Climate         None            Needs to be consistent with “Begin to
                      Change Risk Assessment for Forestry                            implement the Public Forest Estate Climate
                      Commission England, including trialling new                    Change Action Plan” in 11-15, which was
                      tree species on the Public Forest Estate and                   “low” but current judgement is “none”
                      supporting woodland owners on how to adapt
                      England's woodland resource through the use




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                                      Forestry Commission England Corporate Plan 2012-13
                                                                                     Relevance to
                                                                                      Diversity
    Work Programme                             Key Actions                             Agenda                   Points to consider
                            of woodland management plans which meet
                            the requirements of the UK Forestry
                            Standard Guidelines on Forests and Climate
                            Change
Improvement                 By March 2015 we will plant 250,000 trees    Low                        Big Tree Plant covered in the EqA for impact
                            with £1m of grant through the Big Tree Plant                            on services provided by Forest Services2 (FS
                            funding scheme in order to generate local                               EqA). Needs to be consistent with the 11-15
                            community engagement in trees and improve                               action, “Support the delivery of The Big Tree
                            local quality of life.                                                  Plant as part of the Defra led partnership,
                                                                                                    including giving first grants to community
                                                                                                    groups as part of a £4.2m, four-year Big
                                                                                                    Tree Plant funding scheme” which was “low”
                                                                                                    on the basis that “Defra own this and are
                                                                                                    responsible for the Equality Analysis”.
                            Promote collaboration between owners,                Medium             Covered in the FS EqA in the “engagement
                            forestry contractors, wood product suppliers,                           with stakeholders” and “advice and guidance
                            and buyers to create critical mass in the                               to landowners and managers”.
                            supply chain for wood products and realise
                            economies of scale in woodland

2
    http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/eqia.nsf/0/6FB0CF5EF076A373802578D4003EE3C9



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                               Forestry Commission England Corporate Plan 2012-13
                                                                       Relevance to
                                                                        Diversity
Work Programme                         Key Actions                       Agenda                  Points to consider
                      management.
                      Implement the Skills Action Plan, particularly   Medium         Covered in the FS EqA in the “engagement
                      through setting up a private sector led                         with stakeholders” and “cash support for
                      apprenticeship scheme, to support technical                     forestry related partnerships” section.
                      and business management and skills in the
                      sector.
                      Support forestry stakeholders' involvement       Low            Covered in the FS EqA in the “engagement
                      in Defra's green infrastructure partnership.                    with stakeholders” section.
Expansion             Simplify and target woodland creation grants     Low            Needs to be consistent with the 11-15
                      where woodland can have most impact and                         action, “Support woodland creation by
                      make them work more effectively with                            providing grants and advice to woodland
                      Natural England stewardship grants.                             owners” which was medium, but current
                                                                                      judgement is “low” to be consistent with
                                                                                      other impact assessments in this paper.
                                                                                      Covered in the FS EqA sections on changes
                                                                                      to the grant scheme.




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                               Forestry Commission England Corporate Plan 2012-13
                                                                         Relevance to
                                                                           Diversity
Work Programme                          Key Actions                         Agenda                   Points to consider
                      Develop targeted packages of incentives and       Low             Needs to be consistent with the 11-15
                      advice, to support different landowners most                      action, “Support woodland creation by
                      likely to create woodland.                                        providing grants and advice to woodland
                                                                                        owners” which was mediuem, but current
                                                                                        judgement is “low” to be consistent with
                                                                                        other impact assessments in this paper.
                      Develop and communicate across the sector         None            Needs to be consistent with the 11-15
                      a mechanism to enable private investment in                       action, “Woodland Carbon Task Force:
                      woodland creation, linked to the Woodland                         putting in place the conditions for a step
                      Carbon Code.                                                      change in woodland creation and
                                                                                        management using private finance”, which
                                                                                        was “low”.
                      Create and roll-out a map based tool that         Low
                      helps interest groups determine the overall
                      level of woodland creation that is desirable at
                      a landscape scale.
                      Provide enhanced woodland creation grants         Low             Needs to be consistent with the 11-15
                      where this will help to safeguard clean water                     action, “Support woodland creation by
                      and manage flood risk.                                            providing grants and advice to woodland
                                                                                        owners” which was mediuem, but current
                                                                                        judgement is “low” to be consistent with



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                               Forestry Commission England Corporate Plan 2012-13
                                                                      Relevance to
                                                                       Diversity
Work Programme                         Key Actions                      Agenda                   Points to consider
                                                                                     other assessments in this paper. Covered in
                                                                                     the FS EqA section on changes to the grant
                                                                                     scheme.
                      Maintain a high level of engagement in          None
                      negotiations on the future of the Rural
                      Development Programme.
                      Pilot new ways of working with commercial       Medium
                      partners to create and fund community
                      woodlands on the Public Forest Estate.
Research and          Embed our Indicator Framework into our          Low            Several indicators related to engagement
Evidence              planning processes to ensure that our work is                  and empowerment.
                      focused in the areas where we can have the
                      greatest impact.
                      Participate in the review of the Science and    Medium         Research includes social aspects. The
                      Innovation Strategy for Forestry in Great                      Science and Innovation Strategy will be
                      Britain and thereby further strengthen our                     EqA’d at GB level.
                      knowledge exchange networks.




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                               Forestry Commission Scotland Corporate Plan 2011-12
Work Programme                  Key Actions                        Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                   Agenda
Efficiency and Effectiveness    Demonstrate business               Low                          Consider the impact of travel
                                sustainability by reducing                                      restrictions on staff with
                                carbon emissions by 3%                                          disabilities
                                Achieve certification under        None
                                ISO14001 for environmental
                                management activities
                                Publish annual report and          None                         Make sure the document is
                                accounts within 4 months of                                     accessible
                                the year end
                                Carry out actions agreed with      High
                                staff following the staff survey
                                Maintain Investors in People       High                         IiP should Equality Analyse the
                                status                                                          standard itself but
                                                                                                implementation and
                                                                                                accreditation is FC Scotland
                                                                                                responsibility
                                Extend the Management              Medium
                                Development Programme to all
                                staff
                                Further embed diversity and        High




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                              Forestry Commission Scotland Corporate Plan 2011-12
Work Programme                  Key Actions                         Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                    Agenda
                                equality principles in all
                                activities
                                Meet citizens charter timescales    Medium                       Make sure communications are
                                for all grant scheme                                             accessible
                                applications
                                Implement an approved Gaelic        Medium                       This action supports the
                                Language Plan                                                    diversity agenda in and of itself
Industry Development            Deliver a Softwood Production       None
                                Forecast
                                Publish interim guidance on         Low                          This is not about people
                                ‘Future Forests in a changing                                    specifically or directly but how
                                climate’                                                         forests can alleviate the impact
                                                                                                 of climate change. However, it
                                                                                                 depends on the potential
                                                                                                 impact on people and
                                                                                                 communities
                                Raise awareness of tree health      Low                          Depends on the potential
                                issues within the forestry sector                                impact on people and
                                and embed appropriate                                            communities
                                biosecurity measures
                                Provide new timber resources        None




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                              Forestry Commission Scotland Corporate Plan 2011-12
Work Programme                  Key Actions                      Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                 Agenda
                                through a Timber Development
                                Programme
                                Manage and deliver the           Low                          Depends on how local
                                Strategic Timber Transport                                    communities are impacted and
                                Fund                                                          the methods used to reduce
                                                                                              this impact
                                Promote the marketing of         None                         Make sure marketing materials
                                premium softwood and                                          are accessible (follow Forestry
                                hardwood from Forestry                                        Commission GB guidelines on
                                Commission Scotland’s forests                                 this)
                                Offer 3.2 million m3 of timber   None
                                for sale
                                Publish a new production         None
                                forecast for FC Scotland land
                                and forests
                                Build/upgrade 120km of in        None
                                forest timber haulage routes
                                Restock over 3800 ha of          None
                                productive woodland
                                Work on collaborative deer       None
                                management




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                              Forestry Commission Scotland Corporate Plan 2011-12
Work Programme                  Key Actions                       Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                  Agenda
Renewable energy – wind,        Support the Scottish              None
hydro and biomass               Government’s review of
                                incentives for biomass
                                Ensure awareness of               None                         Provided marketing materials
                                opportunities for woodfuel                                     are accessible
                                through Renewable Heat
                                Initiative
                                Publish Wood Fuel Demand and      None                         Ensure report is accessible
                                Usage Report
                                Develop Scotland’s Energy         None
                                Forestry Trials
                                Market new opportunities for      None                         Provided marketing materials
                                woodfuel recovery from                                         are accessible
                                harvesting sites
                                Indentify further sites for the   Medium                       Depends on sites and their
                                installation of wind and hydro                                 potential impact on people and
                                schemes                                                        communities
                                Reduce Carbon Dioxide             None
                                emissions and install woodfuel
                                boilers in Forest Enterprise
                                Scotland buildings




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                              Forestry Commission Scotland Corporate Plan 2011-12
Work Programme                  Key Actions                      Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                 Agenda
Woodland Expansion              Provide grant aid for            High                         Affects people and
                                landowners to create new                                      communities, involves public
                                woodlands to meet UK Forestry                                 consultation
                                Standard
                                Minimise woodland removal        Medium                       Woodland removal affects
                                                                                              people and communities
                                Support local authorities in     High                         Woodland creation to benefit
                                preparing new woodland                                        communities
                                strategies
                                Promote forestry to farmers      Medium                       Depends on potential woodland
                                and landowners to utilise                                     purpose (i.e. if solely for timber
                                under-managed land to create                                  production, then unlikely to
                                productive woodlands                                          have a diversity impact) and
                                                                                              location
                                Implement a re-positioning       High                         Woodland creation for public
                                programme to acquire and                                      benefit
                                plant new woodlands delivering
                                greater public benefits
                                Develop short-term leasing       High                         Woodland creation for public
                                scheme for woodland creation                                  benefit
                                Create at least 1000ha of new    High                         Woodland creation for public




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                                Forestry Commission Scotland Corporate Plan 2011-12
Work Programme                   Key Actions                       Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                   Agenda
                                 woodland                                                       benefit
                                 Use cattle to encourage native    None
                                 woodland expansion
Natural and Cultural Heritage    Embed understanding of UK         None
                                 Forestry Standard guidelines on
                                 water and soils
                                 Become a Responsible              None
                                 Authority under the Flood Risk
                                 Management Act
                                 Complete survey of Native         None                         Make sure reports are
                                 Woodland in Scotland and                                       accessible
                                 publish reports
                                 Refresh programmes and            None
                                 provide advice for key priority
                                 species
                                 Publish guidance on control of    None                         Make sure guidance is
                                 invasive non-native species                                    accessible
                                 Publish and promote guidance      None                         Make sure guidance is
                                 on achieving biodiversity in                                   accessible
                                 plantation forests
                                 Develop grant-aid to woodland     Low                          Depends on the potential




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                              Forestry Commission Scotland Corporate Plan 2011-12
Work Programme                  Key Actions                        Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                   Agenda
                                owners to enhance natural and                                   impact on people and
                                cultural heritage                                               communities
                                Develop Forest District Historic   Low                          Depends on the potential
                                Environment Plans                                               impact on people and
                                                                                                communities
                                Prepare and implement a            None
                                rhododendron eradication plan
                                Use a new GIS tool to plan         None                         As long as tool is accessible
                                changes to woodland types
                                Prioritise restoration work on     None
                                plantations on ancient
                                woodland sites
                                Maintain over 95% of               None
                                designated sites in favourable
                                or recovering condition
Education and Skills            Increase partnership working       Medium                       Depends on the aims of the
                                between the environmental and                                   partnerships created. Also
                                education sectors                                               depends on who is the lead
                                                                                                partner – if another public
                                                                                                sector org then they are
                                                                                                responsible for Equality




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                              Forestry Commission Scotland Corporate Plan 2011-12
Work Programme                  Key Actions                        Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                   Agenda
                                                                                                Analysis
                                Work with partners to              High                         Must consider the diversity
                                mainstream the use of                                           aspects of this agenda to
                                woodlands by schools                                            provide education to diverse
                                                                                                communities and children with
                                                                                                protected characteristics e.g.
                                                                                                disabilities or religious groups
                                                                                                Depends on who is the lead
                                                                                                partner – if another public
                                                                                                sector org then they are
                                                                                                responsible for Equality
                                                                                                Analysis
                                Work with partners to develop      High                         Must consider the diversity
                                Outdoor Learning for adults                                     aspects of this agenda.
                                                                                                Depends on who is the lead
                                                                                                partner – if another public
                                                                                                sector org then they are
                                                                                                responsible for Equality
                                                                                                Analysis
                                Produce resources for use by       High                         Must consider accessibility and
                                forestry industry at career                                     potential to attract applicants
                                events                                                          from diverse communities


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                              Forestry Commission Scotland Corporate Plan 2011-12
Work Programme                  Key Actions                       Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                  Agenda
                                Promote volunteering              High                         Must be promoted to diverse
                                opportunities                                                  communities
                                Provide places for 30 Modern      High                         Places must be promoted to
                                Apprenticeships                                                encourage diverse applicants
Urban Forestry                  Launch the third phase of the     High                         There is potential to reach
                                Woodlands In and Around                                        diverse communities and
                                Towns programme                                                provide benefits to them
                                Host European Forum on Urban      Medium                       Promote positive impact for
                                Forestry                                                       diverse communities. Make
                                                                                               sure conference is accessible
                                Develop and deliver a network     High                         There is potential to reach
                                of key Woodlands In and                                        diverse communities and
                                Around Towns sites                                             provide benefits to them
                                Support the Central Scotland      High                         There is potential to reach
                                Forest Trust and Central                                       diverse communities and
                                Scotland Green Network                                         provide benefits to them
                                Continue to provide advice and    High                         There is potential to reach
                                support to planning authorities                                diverse communities and
                                to integrate forestry and                                      provide benefits to them
                                woodland issues into
                                development plans




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                              Forestry Commission Scotland Corporate Plan 2011-12
Work Programme                  Key Actions                       Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                  Agenda
                                Develop community woodland        High                         There is potential to reach
                                projects on the Clyde Gateway                                  diverse communities and
                                area                                                           provide benefits to them
                                Appoint additional woodland       High                         Attract applicants from diverse
                                wardens and community                                          communities and ensure those
                                rangers for the Central Belt                                   appointed understand diversity
                                                                                               issues and have appropriate
                                                                                               diversity targets
                                Open 10km of new trails and       High                         There is potential to reach
                                paths near urban areas                                         diverse communities and
                                                                                               provide benefits to them.
                                                                                               Trails must be accessible.
Community Engagement            Support opportunities for         High                         There is potential to reach
                                communities to get involved in                                 diverse communities and
                                forestry                                                       provide benefits to them
                                Provide grant aid for             High                         There is potential to reach
                                community participation in                                     diverse communities and
                                woodland                                                       provide benefits to them
                                Promote the revised toolbox for   High                         Ensure toolbox covers diversity
                                public involvement in forest                                   agenda appropriately
                                and woodland planning




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                              Forestry Commission Scotland Corporate Plan 2011-12
Work Programme                  Key Actions                          Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                     Agenda
                                Commence a programme of              Low
                                actions to meet the
                                commitments of the Gaelic
                                Language Plan
                                Makes sites available for the        Medium                       Potential to provide housing for
                                development of affordable                                         diverse communities,
                                housing                                                           depending on site locations
                                Implement and extend the             High                         Will improve outreach to
                                Central Scotland Engagement                                       diverse communities
                                Strategy
Access, Recreation, Tourism     Develop pilot sites to progress      High                         Improving facilities and health
and Health                      the Greening the NHS initiative                                   care for a range of disabilities
                                Extend the Branching Out             High                         Offers services for those with
                                service                                                           mental health disabilities
                                Publish and launch the NHS           High                         Potential to improve facilities
                                green space guidance                                              and health care for people with
                                                                                                  a range of disabilities
                                Develop a database of                High                         Improves services and facilities
                                woodland trails accessible for                                    for people with disabilities.
                                people with a range of                                            Database must be accessible.
                                disabilities




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                              Forestry Commission Scotland Corporate Plan 2011-12
Work Programme                  Key Actions                        Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                   Agenda
                                Establish new Glentress Peel       High                         Potential to improve services
                                Visitor Centre                                                  for people with protected
                                                                                                characteristics
                                Finalise development plans for     High                         Potential to improve services
                                the David Marshall Lodge                                        for people with protected
                                Visitor Centre                                                  characteristics
                                Support establishment of           High                         Potential to improve services
                                7stanes Community Interest                                      for people with protected
                                Company and identify tourism                                    characteristics
                                business opportunities




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                                        Forest Research Corporate Plan 2012-13
Work Programme                  Key Actions                            Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                       Agenda
Ecosystem Resilience and        Contribute to the delivery of the      None
Climate Change                  Defra and Forestry Commission
                                “Action Plan for Tree Health and
                                Plant Biosecurity” (October 2011),
                                including an emphasis on training to
                                improve disease detection and
                                wider use of, and input into, our
                                research
                                Publish a substantial peer reviewed    Low                          Ensure information is accessible
                                report on the importance of forests
                                and their role in carbon
                                management
Sustainable Forest              Extend the Research Forest             Low                          Consult with FC partners to
Management and Society          network and, learning from the                                      ensure accessibility
                                experience from across GB, launch
                                two new Research Forests at the
                                Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (in the
                                Trossachs National Park, Scotland)
                                and the Dyfi Valley (in Gwynedd
                                and Ceredigion, Wales)
                                Establish trials of trees managed on   None


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                                        Forest Research Corporate Plan 2012-13
Work Programme                  Key Actions                             Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                        Agenda
                                short rotations for bio-energy in
                                Scotland and England
                                Publish protocols for the somatic       None
                                embryogenesis and
                                cryopreservation of Sitka spruce
                                Incorporate social science research     None
                                across all pertinent Forest Research
                                programmes, and further develop its
                                profile with the sector and
                                government
Knowledge Exchange              Continue to be effective in             Low                          Ensure accessibility
                                knowledge exchange including
                                hosting webinars, giving all Forestry
                                Commission staff training
                                opportunities regarding the
                                Research Information Service and
                                extending the circulation of FR
                                News by 25%
                                Host an international conference        Low                          Ensure accessibility to
                                with the International Union of                                      information and premises
                                Forest Research Organisations
                                “Managing forests for ecosystem


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                                        Forest Research Corporate Plan 2012-13
Work Programme                  Key Actions                             Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                        Agenda
                                services: can spruce forests show
                                the way?”
                                Hold a minimum of six plant health      Low                          Ensure accessibility to
                                information days                                                     information and premises
                                Trial and assess additional ways of     Low                          Ensure system is accessible
                                stakeholder engagement and CPD
                                training such as interactive event
                                casting
Restructuring Our Business      Implement the 2012/13 changes set       High                         Impact on staff, including
                                out in the Forest Research SR10                                      reductions, must be
                                Implementation Plan.                                                 considered. Equality Analysis
                                                                                                     will be required.
                                Deliver the agreed annual business      Low                          Staff and customer
                                plan and secure a total of                                           considerations
                                £2.7million of other external income
                                Strengthen relationships and            Low                          Little impact on Forestry
                                partnership working with the forestry                                Commission staff, contacts or
                                sector, environmental Non                                            customers
                                Governmental Organisations,
                                Forestry Commission in Great
                                Britain, the Devolved
                                Administrations, Government


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                                       Forest Research Corporate Plan 2012-13
Work Programme                  Key Actions                           Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                      Agenda
                                departments and land based
                                research organizations in the UK
                                and overseas
                                Continue to promote the               High
                                development of staff through: the
                                implementation of approved
                                recommendations arising from the
                                independent External Review
                                Group; research opportunities
                                identified in the Forest Research
                                Science Focus and; ideas from
                                Forest Research staff, arising from
                                the 2011 Staff Survey, regarding
                                ways to improve ways of working
                                Identify the recommendations from     High                         Impact on Staff, implementing
                                the External Review Group that will                                the Panel’s recommendations
                                improve our performance, and                                       may have a high impact
                                implement them. Therefore, in
                                2012-13 Forest Research will
                                launch its Commercial Services arm
                                and will increase the number of
                                refereed publications in selected


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                                        Forest Research Corporate Plan 2012-13
Work Programme                  Key Actions                          Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                     Agenda
                                programmes where doing so will
                                demonstrate the evident quality of
                                the research being undertaken




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                         Forestry Commission Wales ‘Our Purpose and Direction’ 2011-14
Work Programme                  Key Actions                        Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                   Agenda
Corporate Programme 1:          Increase tree species diversity;   Low                          Consider impact on people and
Managing more diverse           restocking; harvesting;                                         communities
woodlands                       marketing; thinning; soil and
                                water ecology; planting to
                                alleviate impact of floods and
                                climate change
                                New woodland creation              Medium                       Potential to benefit local
                                                                                                diverse communities dependent
                                                                                                on location
Corporate Programme 2:          Protection of trees from           None
Tree protection and health      biosecurity threats and deer
                                management; tree health
                                research
Corporate programme 3:          Implement wind, hydro and          Medium                       Consider impact on
Renewable Energy                biofuel initiatives                                             communities
Corporate Programme 4:          Forest Design Planning;            High
Public Involvement and          community woodlands; public
Enterprise                      access; SMEs providing
                                customer services
Corporate programme 5:          Provision of recreation, access    High
Recreation and access           and tourism; health and well-


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                        Forestry Commission Wales ‘Our Purpose and Direction’ 2011-14
Work Programme                  Key Actions                        Relevance to the Diversity   Exceptions to consider
                                                                   Agenda
                                being
Corporate programme 6:          Careers; work experience;          High
Woodland based learning and     volunteers, education; courses;
sector skills                   woodland skills
Corporate programme 7:          Expand Welsh National Forest;      High
Urban woodlands and trees       urban woodland projects;
                                urban trees; local authority
                                partnerships
Corporate programme 8:          Harvesting and marketing;          None
A competitive and integrated    production forecasting; timber
forest sector                   supply; timber quality
Corporate Programme 9:          Ancient woodlands; ecology;        Low                          Potential impact on access
Restoration and management      biodiversity; native woodland
of native woodlands and open    management; habitats;
habitats                        restoration
Corporate programme 10:         Species control; individual tree   None
Site based biodiversity,        management
heritage and landscape




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