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The use of analytic hierarchy process to incorporate stakeholder preferences into regional forest planning

Ananda, Jayanath and Herath, Gamini 2003, The use of analytic hierarchy process to incorporate stakeholder preferences into regional forest planning, Forest policy and economics, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 13-26, doi: 10.1016/S1389-9341(02)00043-6.

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Title The use of analytic hierarchy process to incorporate stakeholder preferences into regional forest planning
Author(s) Ananda, Jayanath
Herath, Gamini
Journal name Forest policy and economics
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 13
End page 26
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2003-01
ISSN 1389-9341
1872-7050
Keyword(s) Analytic hierarchy process
Stakeholder preferences
Regional forest agreement
Australia
Public participation
Summary Forest management decisions are often characterised by complexity, irreversibility and uncertainty. Much of the complexity arises from the multiple-use nature of forest goods and services, difficulty in monetary valuation of ecological services and the involvement of numerous stakeholders. Under these circumstances, conventional methods such as cost-benefit analysis are ill-suited to evaluate forest decisions. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), can be useful in regional forest planing as it can accommodate conflictual, multidimensional, incommensurable and incomparable set of objectives. The objective of this paper is to examine the scope and feasibility of the AHP in incorporating stakeholder preferences into regional forest planning. The Australian Regional Forest Agreement Programme is taken as an illustrative case for the analysis. The results show that the AHP can formalize public participation in decision making and increase the transparency and the credibility of the process.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1389-9341(02)00043-6
Field of Research 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Elsevier Science B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009483

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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