Prioritizing criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management: a case study on participatory decision making
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Mendoza, G.A., Prabhu, R. 2001. Prioritizing criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management: a case study on participatory decision making . Embrapa Amazonia Oriental Documentos No.72. In: Schmoldt, D.L., Kangas, J, Mendoza, G.A. and Pesonen, M. (eds.). The analytic hierarchy process in natural resource and environmental decision making. :115-130. Belem, Brazil, Embrapa Amazonia Oriental and CIFOR. 57p. ISBN: 0-7923-7076-7..
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This paper describes an application of the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) in assessing criteria and indicators (C&I) as measures of sustainable forest management. C&I elements are organised in hierarchical manner around the three general concepts, namely: Principle, Criteria and Indicators. These elements are prioritised based on their perceived relative importance values. These values are calculated using pairwise comparisons of the C&I elements following the principles of the AHP. Pairwise comparisons were obtained from experts representing various disciplines related to forest management. C&I analysis is done at different levels in the hierarchy. To demonstrate the method, a C&I assessment case study involves a forest located in Kalimantan, Indonesia. A generic set of C&I is used as a benchmark. AHP is used to calculate the relative weights of each C&I, prioritize them, and ultimately select a final set of C&I to be used in assessing the sustainability of the forest.