Short communication: AHP for indicators of sustainable forestry under Mediterranean conditions

Pablo Valls-Donderis, María Vallés-Planells, Francisco Galiana


Aim of study: To verify and prioritise a set of sustainable forestry indicators using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP).

Area of study: Participants were Spanish; indicators were meant to be applied in forest management units (FMUs) under Mediterranean conditions.

Material and methods: An AHP questionnaire was developed and sent to experts.

Main Results: the set of indicators aimed to be comprehensive. Indicators were ranked and the ranking allows ascertaining what aspects are more relevant in relation to Mediterranean sustainable forestry. Issues like regeneration or habitats conservation got high values, whereas others like hunting activity were not seen as important by most experts.

Research highlights:

- Sustainable forest management (SFM) considerations for Mediterranean forests.

- Indicators adapt to ecosystem services.


sustainability; monitoring; multiple criteria analysis

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DOI: 10.5424/fs/2017262-10075