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Spatial problems in long-term forest planning

from preferences to plans

Korosuo, Anu (2013). Spatial problems in long-term forest planning. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Umeå : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2013:32
ISBN 978-91-576-7803-4
[Doctoral thesis]

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In modern forest planning, it is important to account for the value of timber production and for other values of the forest. Important factors such as the protection of biodiversity, recreational use and traditional uses of forests are often connected to specific places in forests, or to the spatial structure of the forests. Moreover, the worth of these factors is often difficult to express in objective terms because they are usually valued based on individual preferences or subjective evaluations of complex situations. The objective of this thesis is to analyze specific issues relating to spatial preferences and test approaches that can be used to value them more accurately in forest planning processes.

The individual studies appended to this thesis approach spatial preferences from different perspectives. Paper I identifies some difficulties associated with the consideration of spatial preferences in forest planning processes. Paper II describes the development and testing of a method for eliciting spatial preferences. Papers III and IV concentrate on the design and evaluation of forest plans that account for spatial considerations. In Paper III, different fragmentation indices were used to simulate changes in the distribution of different stand types within a forested region over time. Paper IV uses existing information on the requirements of reindeer husbandry concerning forest management practices to evaluate the consequences of adopting different forest management regimes for reindeer husbandry.

The results highlight the importance of being careful when eliciting preferences. Particularly when dealing with spatial preferences, where it can be difficult to accurately represent objectives in numerical terms, oversimplification and misinterpretation of preferences can result in the production of plans with undesirable outcomes. The case studies examined in this thesis provide insights to the tradeoffs that must be made between different objectives. The results presented herein should be useful in increasing the efficiency of the planning process in order to ensure that the selected plans match the decision maker's preferences as closely as possible.

Authors/Creators:Korosuo, Anu
Title:Spatial problems in long-term forest planning
Subtitle:from preferences to plans
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :8 May 2013
Number of Pages:41
I.Korosuo, A., Wikström, P., Öhman, K. & Eriksson, L.O. (2011) An integrated MCDA software application for forest planning: a case study in southwestern Sweden. Mathematical and Computational Forestry & Natural-Resource Sciences (MCFNS) 3(2), 75-86. Available in http://mcfns.com/index.php/Journal/article/view/88
II.Korosuo, A., Holmström, H., Öhman, K. & Eriksson, L.O. (2013). Using value functions to elicit spatial preference information. European Journal of Forest Research 132 (3), 551-563.
III.Korosuo, A., Heinonen, T., Öhman, K., Holmström, H. & Eriksson, L.O. Spatial optimization in forest planning using different fragmentation measures (submitted manuscript).
IV.Korosuo, A., Sandström, P., Öhman, K. & Eriksson, L.O. Impacts of different forest management scenarios on forestry and reindeer husbandry (submitted manuscript).
Place of Publication:Umeå
Publisher:Dept. of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7803-4
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Landscape planning > Nature conservation and landscape management
Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Area economics > Forest mensuration
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:multiple use forestry, boreal forests, reindeer husbandry, site factors, spatial distribution, land use planning, valuation, decision making, computer software
Keywords:fragmentation, multi-objective forestry, place-specific values, preference elicitation, reindeer husbandry, spatial forest planning, value functions
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ID Code:10396
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: Anu Korosuo
Deposited On:06 May 2013 13:31
Metadata Last Modified:14 Dec 2014 00:30

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