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Forests 2015, 6(5), 1696-1720; doi:10.3390/f6051696

A New Collaborative Methodology for Assessment and Management of Ecosystem Services

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Department of Applied Statistics and Operational Research, and Quality, Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Department Management Science, University of Strathclyde, Graham Hills building level 8, 40 George Street, G1-1QE Glasgow, UK
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Academic Editor: Damian C. Adams
Received: 27 February 2015 / Revised: 29 April 2015 / Accepted: 7 May 2015 / Published: 13 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecosystem Services from Forests)
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Abstract

Collaborative management is a new framework to help implement programmes in protected areas. Within this context, the aim of this work is twofold. First, to propose a robust methodology to implement collaborative management focused on ecosystem services. Second, to develop indicators for the main functions of ecosystem services. Decision makers, technical staff and other stakeholders are included in the process from the beginning, by identifying ecosystem services and eliciting preferences using the AHP method. Qualitative and quantitative data are then integrated into a PROMETHEE based method in order to obtain indicators for provisioning, maintenance and direct to citizens services. This methodology, which has been applied in a forest area, provides a tool for exploiting available technical and social data in a continuous process, as well as providing easy to understand graphical results. This approach also overcomes the difficulties found in prioritizing management objectives in a multiple criteria context with limited resources and facilitates consensus between all of the people involved. The new indicators define an innovative approach to assessing the ecosystem services from the supply perspective and provide basic information to help establish payment systems for environmental services and compensation for natural disasters. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaborative management; ecosystem services assessment; multiple criteria decision analysis; AHP; PROMETHEE; natural resource management collaborative management; ecosystem services assessment; multiple criteria decision analysis; AHP; PROMETHEE; natural resource management
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Segura, M.; Maroto, C.; Belton, V.; Ginestar, C. A New Collaborative Methodology for Assessment and Management of Ecosystem Services. Forests 2015, 6, 1696-1720.

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