Selecting the best forest management alternative by aggregating ecosystem services indicators over time: A case study in central Spain

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DIAZ-BALTEIRO L, ALONSO R, MARTÍNEZ-JÁUREGUI M, PARDOS M (2017) - Selecting the best forest management alternative by aggregating ecosystem services indicators over time: A case study in central Spain - Ecological Indicators

Sustainable forest management has been approached on many occasions by defining and subsequently
measuring a set of initially accepted indicators. This methodology permits the aggregation of multiple
goods and services with heterogeneous characteristics into forest management. However, the calculation
of these indicators has usually been static. When we find ourselves in situations in which there is a need to
make long-term evaluations of the effects of possible scenarios affecting forest management, a procedure
has to be set up to define and aggregate the different indicators over time, as well as to integrate the
preferences of the stakeholders involved in management.
This study shows a goal programming-based methodology, which permits to select the best management
alternative in 6 climate change scenarios when different indicators are aggregated over 100 years
in a mountain forest in Central Spain. The results revealed the predominance of one management alternative
(no management) when the preferences of the stakeholders were aggregated. However, when
the preferential weights corresponding to some stakeholders were included separately, the solution may
notably vary, especially in the case of forest owners. It was concluded that the methodology proposed
allows a dynamic aggregation of diverse sustainable forest management in addition to presenting a great
flexibility at the moment of selecting various solutions proposed by the goal programming model, and
the preferences of the different stakeholders.

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ISSN: 
1470-160X
Volumen: 
72
Página Inicial: 
322
Página Final: 
329

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