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Forests 2016, 7(3), 72; doi:10.3390/f7030072

The Use of Decision Support Systems in Forest Management: Analysis of FORSYS Country Reports

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Atrium Forest Consulting, Piracicaba, 13416-380, Brazil
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Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umea 901 83, Sweden
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Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 49, Alnarp 23053, Sweden
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Harald Vacik, Jose Borges, Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo and Ljusk-Ola Eriksson
Received: 12 January 2016 / Revised: 1 March 2016 / Accepted: 10 March 2016 / Published: 21 March 2016
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Abstract

From 2009 to 2013, a group of more than 100 researchers from 26 countries, under a COST-Action project named FORSYS, worked on a review of the use of forest management decision support systems (FMDSS). Guided by a template, local researchers conducted assessments of FMDSS use in their countries; their results were documented in Country Reports. In this study, we have used the Country Reports to construct a summary of FMDSS use. For the purposes of our analysis, we conducted a two-round categorisation of the main themes to describe the most relevant aspects of FMDSS use. The material produced was used to generate quantitative summaries of (i) the types of problem where FMDSS are used, (ii) models and methods used to solve these problems, (iii) knowledge management techniques, and (iv) participatory planning techniques. Beyond this, a qualitative analysis identified and summarised the local researchers’ primary concerns, recorded in the conclusions to the Country Reports; we designated these “lessons learned”. Results from the quantitative analysis suggested that most of the participant countries were making use of latest generation FMDSS. A few did not have practical problems that justified the use of such technology or they were still at the beginning of the process of building models to solve their own forest problems. View Full-Text
Keywords: decision support systems; forest management; information technology in forestry decision support systems; forest management; information technology in forestry
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Nobre, S.; Eriksson, L.-O.; Trubins, R. The Use of Decision Support Systems in Forest Management: Analysis of FORSYS Country Reports. Forests 2016, 7, 72.

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