Incorporating stakeholder values into regional forest planning : a value function approach

Ananda, Jayanath and Herath, Gamini 2003, Incorporating stakeholder values into regional forest planning : a value function approach, Ecological economics, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 75-90, doi: 10.1016/S0921-8009(03)00004-1.

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Title Incorporating stakeholder values into regional forest planning : a value function approach
Author(s) Ananda, Jayanath
Herath, Gamini
Journal name Ecological economics
Volume number 45
Issue number 1
Start page 75
End page 90
Publisher Elsevier Science B.V.
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2003-04
ISSN 0921-8009
Keyword(s) forest attributes
regional forest planning
stakeholder values
value functions approach
Summary Forest management involves multiple objectives, multiple stakeholders, complex socio-ecological and political interactions. Public involvement in forest decision making is a challenging task that involves controversies. Various participatory tools such as public consultation forums, public comment processes, opinion polls are used to consult and to obtain inputs from communities. All these methods can provide useful information but they fail to quantify the trade-offs systematically and offer little help in minimizing conflicts. The Australian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) program was implemented in response to the decades of conflicts and debate between various stakeholder groups and government over the use and management of forest resources. So far, it has not been able to minimize conflicts in the forestry sector, partly due to its poor incorporation and integration of stakeholder values. This paper uses the value functions approach in modelling stakeholder values in regional forest planning. The results of the study indicate that this method can help to incorporate value preferences effectively into the decision making process. It can also increase the transparency and credibility of the forest planning exercises such as RFA process.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0921-8009(03)00004-1
Field of Research 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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