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Record number 412896
Title Decision support for selecting SLM technologies with stakeholders
Author(s) Schwilch, G.; Bachmann, F.; Graaff, J. de
Source Applied Geography 34 (2012). - ISSN 0143-6228 - p. 86 - 98.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.11.002
Department(s) Land Degradation and Development
PE&RC
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) forest management - land-use - conservation measures - multiple criteria - participation - sustainability - experiences - soil
Abstract Sustainable Land Management (SLM) is a classic multi-stakeholder issue, concerning individual and community land users, agricultural advisors, natural resource managers, government authorities, civil society, and researchers alike. Selecting appropriate SLM technologies for implementation requires an approach capable of integrating the diverse knowledge, perceptions, and judgements of stakeholders. Time and resource constraints often impede the development of contextualised, targeted, and sophisticated Decision Support Systems (DSS). The EU-DESIRE research project provided an excellent opportunity to develop and test a generic decision support system, and overall methodology, using it to assist 14 study site teams in selecting the most promising SLM option(s) in a stakeholder workshop, for eventual test implementation in the field. Special attention was paid to screening local innovations, selecting and adapting potential SLM technologies, and the decision-making process regarding effective implementation. This paper reviews application of the DESIRE-DSS in a variety of biophysical and socio-economic contexts, finding it to be well structured, holistic, and relatively easy-to-apply. The built-in global database of SLM options provides knowledge from various environments, while the use of simple software enables easy calculation and visualisation of results. The scoring and negotiation of each option’s sustainability forces stakeholders to consider and acknowledge each other’s positions and opinions, ensuring that the final choice is well-accepted. The methodology includes seeking commitments from stakeholders to implement the selected option(s). Challenges include the complexity of the issues at hand and the need for capable moderators. Yet positive outcomes and user feedback confirm that the DESIRE-DSS is an easy-to-use stepwise methodology for facilitation of decision-focused participatory processes.
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