Participatory modeling and analysis of sustainable forest management: experiences and lessons learned from case studies
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Mendoza, G.A., Prabhu, R. 2005. Participatory modeling and analysis of sustainable forest management: experiences and lessons learned from case studies . General Technical Report No.PNW-GTR-000. In: Bevers, Michael and Barrett, Tara M. (comps.). System analysis in forest resources: proceedings of the 2003 symposium, October 7-9, Stevenson,WA.. :49-57. Portland, OR, USA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. Pacific Northwest Research Station.
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Participatory approaches to natural resource management and development have become widely accepted as the most effective instruments for achieving sustainable resource management particularly in the developing nations. This paper presents a participatory modeling framework that is consistent with participatory method of assessing sustainable forest management. Under this participatory modeling framework, a number of techniques have been developed aimed at: 1) communicating the concept of sustainable forestry to local communities, 2) soliciting direct input and active participation of local communities in the planning and decision-making process, and 3) seeking active involvement of local stakeholders in the formulation of the models and in their implementation for generating strategies and action plans. These models include: multi-criteria analysis, cognitive mapping, qualitative, and quantitative system dynamics. The models can be stand-alone models, or they can be combined together to constitute a more robust and flexible planning framework. These models have been applied to a number of case studies in the Philippines, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, and Ontario, Canada. Experiences and lessons learned from a selected set of applications are described in the paper.