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J Environ Manage. 2008 Sep;88(4):607-14. Epub 2007 May 3.

Supporting multi-stakeholder environmental decisions.

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  • CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Brisbane, Australia. Stefan.hajkowicz@csiro.au


This paper examines how multiple criteria analysis (MCA) can be used to support multi-stakeholder environmental management decisions. It presents a study through which 48 stakeholders from environmental, primary production and community interest groups used MCA to prioritise 30 environmental management problems in the Mackay-Whitsunday region of Queensland, Australia. The MCA model, with procedures for aggregating multi-stakeholder output, was used to inform a final decision on the priority of the region's environmental management problems. The result was used in the region's environmental management plan as required under Australia's Natural Heritage Trust programme. The study shows how relatively simple MCA methods can help stakeholders make group decisions, even when they hold strongly conflicting preferences.

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