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Past developments and future directions for the AHP in natural resourcesAuthor(s): Daniel L. Schmoldt; G.A. Mendoza; Jyrki Kangas
Source: Managing Forest Ecosystems: The Analytic Hierarchy Process in Natural Resource and Environmental Decision Making. 3: 289-305.
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionThe analytic hierarchy process (AHP) possesses certain characteristics that make it a useful tool for natural resource decision making. The AHP’s capabilities include: participatory decision making, problem structuring and alternative development, group facilitation, consensus building, fairness, qualitative and quantitative information, conflict resolution, decision support, and preferences structuring. For each of these facilities, we describe how it is reflected in land management and then illustrate how it is addressed by the AHP. Based on this analysis and on the preceding chapters of the book, we offer some suggestions for extending the AHP in new directions, e.g. peer-to peer networking, site-specific management, forest management planning, statistical analyses, and software enhancements. The ability of the AHP to incorporate the human dimension (subjective preference) and to aid group decisions of choice are seen as the method’s most noteworthy features.
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CitationSchmoldt, Daniel L.; Mendoza, G.A.; Kangas, Jyrki. 2001. Past developments and future directions for the AHP in natural resources. Managing Forest Ecosystems: The Analytic Hierarchy Process in Natural Resource and Environmental Decision Making. 3: 289-305.
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