Potential of an outranking multi-criteria approach to support the participatory assessment of land management actions

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Title: Potential of an outranking multi-criteria approach to support the participatory assessment of land management actions
Authors: Ocampo-Melgar, Anahí | Bautista, Susana | deSteiguer, J. Edward | Orr, Barron J.
Research Group/s: Gestión de Ecosistemas y de la Biodiversidad (GEB)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ecología | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Multidisciplinar para el Estudio del Medio "Ramón Margalef"
Keywords: Dryland restoration | Grazing management | Multicriteria decision analysis | Participatory assessment | Outranking | Stakeholder
Knowledge Area: Ecología
Issue Date: 15-Jun-2017
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Journal of Environmental Management. 2017, 195(Part 1): 70-77. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.11.041
Abstract: We evaluated the potential of an outranking Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis approach for assisting in the participatory assessment of dryland management actions implemented in the San Simon watershed, in southeastern Arizona, USA. We compared an outranking-facilitated assessment of actions with a simple and direct (baseline) ranking of the same actions by the participating stakeholders in terms of: 1) internal homogeneity of each assessment approach, (2) similarity of individual assessments between methods, and (3) effects of the use of implicit/explicit assessment criteria. The actions assessed combined various management approaches, including livestock management (rotation, resting), vegetation management (grass seeding, brush control), and hydraulic structures (dams, dykes). The outranking-facilitated assessment discriminated better between actions and reduced the variability of results between individual stakeholders as compared with the direct ranking of actions. In general, the two assessments significantly differed in the relative preference of the five management actions assessed, yet both assessments identified rotational grazing combined with vegetation management (grass seeding and brush control) as the most preferred management action in the study area. The comparative analysis revealed inconsistencies between the use of implicit and explicit assessment criteria. Our findings highlight the opportunities offered by outranking approaches to help capture, structure, and make explicit stakeholder perspectives in the framework of a participatory environmental assessment process, which may facilitate the understanding of the multiple preferences involved. The outranking integration process, which resembles a voting procedure, proved simple and transparent, with potential for contributing to stakeholder engagement and trust in participatory assessment.
Sponsor: We would like to thank the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (Graduate Student Project Grant GW12-064) and the Bureau of Land Management in Safford (Cooperative Agreement L09AC15582) for their financial support during this research. SB acknowledges financial support from the research project CASCADE (GA283068). BJO was funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellowship of the European Union (GA 629677) “S4S, Science for Society Solutions”.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/66450
ISSN: 0301-4797 (Print) | 1095-8630 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.11.041
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.11.041
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