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Decision-Making in Forestry: A Review of the Hybridisation of Multiple Criteria and Group Decision-Making Methods

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Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETS Ingeniería de Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 s/n Madrid, Spain
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Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Campus de Montegancedo, 28660 Boadilla del Monte Madrid, Spain
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Forests 2019, 10(5), 375; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10050375
Received: 13 March 2019 / Revised: 19 April 2019 / Accepted: 25 April 2019 / Published: 29 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
The degree of complexity in forest management has increased in the last few decades, not only due to the inclusion of specific new issues (e.g., climate change, social protection, etc.), but also because these new, as well as classic, issues have to be dealt with in a context characterised by multiple conflicting criteria that are evaluated by different stakeholders. Nowadays, the multicriteria issue enjoys a relatively sound tradition in forest management. However, the consideration of several stakeholders, which requires the formulation of management models within a collective decision-making setting, is not that advanced. This paper aims to provide a critical overview of forestry case studies that have been published in primary journals and that deal with multiple criteria and several stakeholders. Based on this overview, some highlights of the most promising methods were obtained, and recommendations for the fruitful use of these combined methodologies for dealing with numerous types of forest management problems are provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest management; multiple criteria decision-making; group decision-making; participatory decision-making forest management; multiple criteria decision-making; group decision-making; participatory decision-making
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Ortiz-Urbina, E.; González-Pachón, J.; Diaz-Balteiro, L. Decision-Making in Forestry: A Review of the Hybridisation of Multiple Criteria and Group Decision-Making Methods. Forests 2019, 10, 375.

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