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Exploring Expedient Protected Area for Ecosystem Services: Decision-Making Method with a New Algorithm

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School of Geography and Tourism, Shaanxi Normal University; Xi’an 710119, China
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College of Geomatics, X’ian University of Science and Technology; Xi’an 710054, China
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Sustainability 2019, 11(20), 5599; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205599
Received: 16 September 2019 / Revised: 3 October 2019 / Accepted: 7 October 2019 / Published: 11 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
From the point of view of ecological environment protection, the concepts of biodiversity, carbon sequestration, water production and culture have been selected to evaluate the ecosystem services of Guanzhong-Tianshui Economic Zone. A multi-criterion decision-making method is applied to select the expedient protected area of the study area, which can provide abundant natural resources and a basis for the maintenance of ecological balance. In this paper, by setting up different risk values and weights to calculate OWA (ordered weighted averaging) operator, the scenario of the expedient protected area with the highest tradeoff value is selected. This study analyzes and evaluates ecosystem services in the study area by combining natural and human factors, and the OWA operator is used to balance the trade-offs between different ecosystem services, as well as select the expedient protected areas, which provides a reference for improving ecosystem services in the study area. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecosystem services; habitat quality; expedient protected area; OWA; carbon sequestration; cultural services ecosystem services; habitat quality; expedient protected area; OWA; carbon sequestration; cultural services
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Zhang, Y.; Li, J.; Zhou, Z. Exploring Expedient Protected Area for Ecosystem Services: Decision-Making Method with a New Algorithm. Sustainability 2019, 11, 5599.

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