The proposed volume aims to provide useful insights on the use of Multi-criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) in natural resource management by examining a number of empirical applications for several countries and natural resources. There is increasing interest among researchers and policy makers in using MCDA to evaluate complex management issues and problems. While several books with empirical applications have been published, these applications are very recent. Evidence from major studies suggests that MCDA approaches to the management of water, forestry, wetland and other natural resources have substantially improved the design and implementation of natural resource and environmental policies. Using innovative approaches, such as MCDA, to manage complex natural systems will enhance our understanding and management of those systems. Stakeholder involvement is an important determinant of successful resource management, and MCDA provides a useful and effective framework for getting stakeholders involved in resource management decisions. Despite the general acceptance of the role of MCDA in natural resource management, problems remain in applying these techniques. Problems include difficulties in applying the techniques, eliciting required information, lack of suitable measures for environmental variables, and development of innovative methods to simplify the use of MCDA. The proposed book examines several applications of MCDA for several countries (Australia, USA and Europe) and natural resources, including forestry, water resources and vegetation.
Contents: 1. Role of multi-criteria decision making in natural resource management / Gamini Herath and Tony Prato -- 2. Analysis of forest policy using multi-attribute value theory / Jayanath Ananda and Gamini Herath -- 3. Comparing Riparian revegetation policy options using the analytic hierarchy process / M. E. Qureshi and S. R. Harrison -- 4. Managing environmental and health risks from a lead and zinc smelter : an application of deliberative multi-criteria evaluation / Wendy Proctor, Chris McQuade and Anne Dekker -- 5. Multiple attribute evaluation of management alternatives for the Missouri River System / Tony Prato -- 6. Multi-criteria decision analysis for integrated watershed management / Zeyuan Qiu -- 7. Fuzzy multiple attribute evaluation of agricultural systems / Leonie A. Marks and Elizabeth G. Dunn -- 8. Multi-criteria decision support for energy supply assessment / Bram Noble -- 9. Seaport development in Vietnam : evaluation using the analytic hierarchy process / Tran Phuong Dong and David M. Chapman -- 10. Valuing wetland aquatic resources using the analytic hierarchy process / Premachandra Wattage and Simon Mardle -- 11. Multiple attribute evaluation for national park management / Tony Prato -- 12. The future of MCDA in natural resource management : some generalizations / Gamini Herath and Tony Prato.
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