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Application of analytic hierarchy process in landscape management: Case study area Košutnjak park-forest

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Author(s): Lakićević Milena | Srđević Bojan

Journal: Glasnik Srpskog Geografskog Društva
ISSN 0350-3593

Volume: 91;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 51;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: landscape management | park-forest | Košutnjak | multi-criteria decision making | analytic hierarchy process (AHP)

ABSTRACT
Proper management is one of key elements of the natural landscape protection strategy. Park-forests with protected and conserved natural elements represent attractive eco-tourism urban zones. Košutnjak is the most visited park-forest in Serbian capitol Belgrade, unfortunately with increasing number of degraded and devastated areas as a consequence of negative human impacts in the past. In order to conserve natural values in this popular forested city area, and to improve its tourism potential, we found that in achieving that goal, it is meaningful to asses possible management practices and identify the most desired one by applying the analytic hierarchy process (AHP), scientifically sound multi-criteria decision making tool. Based on the obtained results, a recommended strategy is to renovate natural vegetation and to promote recreational and tourism offer in Košutnjak with respect of the sustainability principle.
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