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Title: Decision support systems in forest management - requirements for a participatory planning perspective
Authors: Annika Kangas
Suzanne Menzel
Eva-Maria Nordstrom
Mikael Buchecker
Alexandra Sofia Marques
Hari Saarikoski
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: Participatory approaches and computerised tools such as decision support systems (DSS) represent conflicting tendencies in state-of the-art sustainable forest management. As a result, there may be considerable tension between these two developments in practice. The objective of this paper is to explore how participatory approaches and DSS could be brought together to improve planning processes and to explore how DSS could be adapted in their use or combined with other tools to enable successful participatory planning. From a review of the literature, we identified criteria related to successful participatory planning. From these criteria, we selected those a DSS can influence and created a short list of the criteria that could be used to evaluate participatory processes where DSS are applied. The evaluation criteria with particular relevance for DSS that we identified are as follows: fairness, opportunity to influence outcome, quality and selection of information, cost-effectiveness,
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