Multi-attribute preference modelling and regional land-use planning

Ananda, Jayanath and Herath, Gamini 2008, Multi-attribute preference modelling and regional land-use planning, Ecological economics, vol. 65, no. 2, pp. 325-335, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2007.06.024.

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Title Multi-attribute preference modelling and regional land-use planning
Author(s) Ananda, Jayanath
Herath, Gamini
Journal name Ecological economics
Volume number 65
Issue number 2
Start page 325
End page 335
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-04-01
ISSN 0921-8009
Keyword(s) analytic hierarchy process
stakeholder preferences
regional forest agreement
public participation
Summary Forest management policy decisions are complex due to the multiple-use nature of goods and services from forests, difficulty in monetary valuation of ecological services and the involvement of a large number of stakeholders. Multi-attribute decision techniques can be used to synthesise stakeholder preferences related to regional forest planning because it can accommodate conflicting, multidimensional, incommensurable and incomparable objectives. The objective of this paper is to examine how the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) can be used to incorporate stakeholder preferences in determining optimal forest land-use choices. The Australian Regional Forest Agreement Programme is taken as an illustrative case for the analysis. The results show that the AHP can formalise public participation in decision making and increase the transparency and the credibility of the process.
Notes Available online 10 August 2007.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2007.06.024
Field of Research 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Elsevier B.V.
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