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Forests 2015, 6(11), 3946-3969; doi:10.3390/f6113946

Participatory Multi-Criteria Assessment of Forest Planning Policies in Conflicting Situations: The Case of Tenerife

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Department of Techniques and Projects in Engineering and Architecture, University of La Laguna, Canary Islands 38200, Spain
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CIBICAN-Department of Applied Economics and Qualitative Methods, University of La Laguna, Canary Islands 38200, Spain
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Academic Editors: Rodney J. Keenan and Eric J. Jokela
Received: 3 August 2015 / Revised: 26 October 2015 / Accepted: 29 October 2015 / Published: 3 November 2015
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Abstract

Sustainable forest planning should involve the participation of stakeholder communities in the decision-making process. This participation can help avoid the possible rejection of new planning measures. In this paper, the decision-making process to implement regulations on the use of forest tracks on the island of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) is analyzed. In recent years, the number of people using the island’s forest environments has notably increased, leading to conflicts between different users of the tracks; as a result, the Island Council of Tenerife is working on regulating these pathways. This paper describes the framing analysis, design, and implementation of a participatory multi-criteria approach to explore, together with stakeholders, the best policy alternatives related to forest planning and management issues of forest track use. To do this, a set of tools has been developed, consisting of institutional analysis, participatory methods, and multi-criteria assessment techniques. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest policy alternatives; participatory multi-criteria assessment; political conflict; forest system uncertainty; forest track use forest policy alternatives; participatory multi-criteria assessment; political conflict; forest system uncertainty; forest track use
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Acosta, M.; Corral, S. Participatory Multi-Criteria Assessment of Forest Planning Policies in Conflicting Situations: The Case of Tenerife. Forests 2015, 6, 3946-3969.

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