Multicriteria Decision Analysis and Participatory Decision Support Systems in Forest Management

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TitleMulticriteria Decision Analysis and Participatory Decision Support Systems in Forest Management
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMontserrat A, Serafín C
JournalForests
Volume8(4), 116;
KeywordsDSS, forest management, integrated assessment, MCDA, stakeholders’ participation
Abstract

Growing concern about issues such as environmental quality or the sustainability of natural resources has led to the use of the Decision Support System (DSS), which originated in the business field, and is now part of environmental decision-making processes. The presence of environmental, social, or economic dimensions has helped decision support systems to evolve to be able to tackle investigations that can contemplate all these variables, such as in the case of multicriteria decision analyses. In addition, new lifestyles, in which society recognizes more and more the contribution of forests to its welfare, have led to the need to involve stakeholders in decision-making processes. This article presents a review of different Multicriteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) and participatory decision support systems applied to forest environments. This last point is presented from the perspective of stakeholder participation in the processes and from the point of view of procedures or tools used. To do this, some of the research performed in forest environments within this current century is reviewed.

URLhttp://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/8/4/116/pdf
DOI10.3390/f8040116