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Multicriteria approach as a decision-support tool in the forest sector

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Author(s): Cóndor RD | Scarelli A | Valentini R

Journal: Forest@
ISSN 1824-0119

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 161;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Multicriteria analysis | Decision support | Forest sector | Environment

ABSTRACT
In this paper we present the multicriteria approach as a tool for supporting decision in the forest sector. The multifunctionality of forest ecosystem (forest ecosystem services) have been recognised as a crucial characteristic; therefore, interventions associated to different programs, plans, projects are assessed with increasing attention. The above need call for an appropriate scientific framework able to face the different interests around forests, and the multifunctional and multidimensional (social, economic and environmental) characteristics of a decision problem. Among the different decision support tools used in forest and environmental sectors, this article describes the conceptual and applicative developments of the multicriteria analysis in the forest sector. Through the multicriteria approach a compromise solution may be achieved, where an appropriate aggregation method allows considering different points of view, which are transformed into multiple evaluation criteria. The theoretical and practical framework proposed in this work may constitute a valuable support for decision makers in the forest sector.
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