Qualitative multi-criteria approaches to assessing indicators of sustainable forest resource management uri icon

abstract

  • Criteria and indicators (C&I) have become primary tools in implementing the principle ofsustainable resource management. To carry out this principle, it is necessary todevelop methodologies that can holistically and systematically generate relevantindicators for a particular forest or resource management unit. This paper describessome methodologies that can be used as tools to carry out structured analysis of C&I.Multi-criteria analysis (MCA) is used as a decision-making tool to analyze andevaluate multiple C&I under a participatory group decision-making environment. Use ofthe method enables the generation of C&I, estimation of their relative importance,estimation of the performance of each indicator relative to its desired condition, andassessment of the indicators’ combined effect or impact. In addition to generating C&Iand estimating their relative importance and performance, the paper also presents asoft methodology, called cognitive mapping, which can be used to assess the crossindicator interaction, linkages, and connectivities of the indicators. The methodattempts to evaluate the overall cumulative impacts of all indicators, individually andcollectively, as they impact sustainability directly and indirectly through theirinteractions with other indicators

publication date

  • 2003
  • 2003