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Multiple criteria decision analysis with consideration to place-specific values in participatory forest planning

Nordström, Eva-Maria and Eriksson, Ljusk Ola and Karin, Öhman (2011). Multiple criteria decision analysis with consideration to place-specific values in participatory forest planning. Silva Fennica. 45:2, 253–265
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Abstract

The combination of multiple criteria decision analysis (MCDA) and participatory planning is an approach that has been applied in complex planning situations where multiple criteria of very different natures are considered, and several stakeholders or social groups are involved. The spatial character of forest planning problems adds further to the complexity, because a large number of forest stands are to be assigned different treatments at different points in time. In addition, experience from participatory forest planning indicates that stakeholders may think about the forest in terms of place-specific values rather than in forest-wide terms. The objective of this study was to present an approach for including place-specific values in MCDA-based participatory forest planning and illustrate the approach by a case study where the objective was to choose a multipurpose forest plan for an area of urban forest in northern Sweden. Stakeholder values were identified in interviews, and maps were used to capture place-specific spatial values. The nonspatial and nonplace-specific spatial values were formulated as criteria and used to build an objective hierarchy describing the decision situation. The place-specific spatial values were included in the creation of a map showing zones of different silvicultural management classes, which was used as the basis for creation of forest plan alternatives in the subsequent process. The approach seemed to work well for capturing place-specific values, and the study indicates that formalized methods for including and evaluating place-specific values in participatory forest planning processes should be developed and tested further.

Authors/Creators:Nordström, Eva-Maria and Eriksson, Ljusk Ola and Karin, Öhman
Title:Multiple criteria decision analysis with consideration to place-specific values in participatory forest planning
Series/Journal:Silva Fennica (0037-5330)
Year of publishing :2011
Volume:45
Number:2
Page range:253–265
Publisher:Finnish Society of Forest Science, Finnish Forest Research Institute
ISSN:0037-5330
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K10 Forestry production
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:forest management, decision support, public participation, spatial planning
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-643
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-643
ID Code:9065
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: Skogsbiblioteket Umeå
Deposited On:03 Oct 2012 08:59
Metadata Last Modified:12 Sep 2017 07:13

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