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Forests 2016, 7(10), 229; doi:10.3390/f7100229

Operational Research Techniques Used for Addressing Biodiversity Objectives into Forest Management: An Overview

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Technical University of Madrid, ETS Ingenieros de Montes, Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Department of Silviculture and Forest System Management, INIA-CIFOR, Crtra Coruña Km 7.5, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Received: 11 July 2016 / Revised: 23 September 2016 / Accepted: 1 October 2016 / Published: 12 October 2016
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The integration of biodiversity into forest management has traditionally been a challenge for many researchers and practitioners. In this paper, we have provided a survey of forest management papers that use different Operations Research (OR) methods in order to integrate biodiversity objectives into their planning models. One hundred and seventy-nine references appearing in the ISI Web of Science database in the last 30 years have been categorized and evaluated according to different attributes like model components, forest management elements, or biodiversity issues. The results show that many OR methods have been applied to deal with this challenging objective. Thus, up to 18 OR techniques, divided into four large groups, which have been employed in four or more articles, have been identified. However, it has been observed how the evolution of these papers in time apparently tended to increase only until 2008. Finally, two clear trends in this set of papers should be highlighted: the incorporation of spatial analysis tools into these operational research models and, second, the setting up of hybrid models, which combine different techniques to solve this type of problem. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest management; operational research; multi-criteria decision making; biodiversity; strategic planning forest management; operational research; multi-criteria decision making; biodiversity; strategic planning
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Ezquerro, M.; Pardos, M.; Diaz-Balteiro, L. Operational Research Techniques Used for Addressing Biodiversity Objectives into Forest Management: An Overview. Forests 2016, 7, 229.

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