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Evaluating Management Strategies for Mount Kenya Forest Reserve and National Park to Reduce Fire Danger and Address Interests of Various Stakeholders

Institute of Silviculture, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Peter-Jordan-Strasse 82, A-1190 Vienna, Austria
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Forests 2019, 10(5), 426; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10050426
Received: 7 April 2019 / Revised: 8 May 2019 / Accepted: 12 May 2019 / Published: 16 May 2019
A Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) approach was employed for evaluating and selecting the best management strategy for Mount Kenya Forest Reserve and National Park (MKFRNP). The MCA approach used a set of objectives and criteria (O&C) to address the complexity of the decision problem in a transparent and understandable way, which also facilitated the active participation by diverse professionals, experts, and interest groups. The management strategies were developed to fulfill the key components of MKFRNP management and the current situation in the study area. The seven management strategies focused on climate change mitigation, protection of water catchments, education and research, stakeholder involvement, biodiversity conservation, timber production, and community interests. Forest stations with differing fire danger levels (very high, high, moderate, and low) were selected to compare the performance of the management strategies. The strategies were assessed qualitatively on their potential to improve the current situation according to the entire set of O&C. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) was employed to identify the best management strategy according to the overall preferences of all stakeholder groups. The AHP indicated that a strategy focusing on community interests provided the best option to address the current management challenges in all the seven forest stations independently of their fire danger levels. Biodiversity conservation should also be considered by resource managers in order to reduce fire danger and increase the benefits obtained by different stakeholders in MKFRNP. View Full-Text
Keywords: multi-criteria analysis (MCA); objectives and criteria (O&C); fire danger; benefits; forest managers; wildlife managers; management strategies (MS); community forest associations (CFAs); Stakeholders; analytic hierarchy process (AHP) multi-criteria analysis (MCA); objectives and criteria (O&C); fire danger; benefits; forest managers; wildlife managers; management strategies (MS); community forest associations (CFAs); Stakeholders; analytic hierarchy process (AHP)
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Nyongesa, K.W.; Vacik, H. Evaluating Management Strategies for Mount Kenya Forest Reserve and National Park to Reduce Fire Danger and Address Interests of Various Stakeholders. Forests 2019, 10, 426.

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