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Floresta e Ambiente
Original Article Forest Management

Mapping Forest Landscape Multifunctionality Using Multicriteria Spatial Analysis

Isabel Navalho; Cristina Alegria; Natália Roque; Luís Quinta-Nova

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: This paper presents a GIS methodological approach for mapping forest landscape multifunctionality. The aims of the present study were: (1) to integrate and prioritize production and protection functions by multicriteria spatial analysis using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP); and (2) to produce a multifunctionality map (e.g., production, protection, conservation and recreation) for a forest management unit. For this, a study area in inner Portugal occupied by forest and with an important protection area was selected. Based on maps for functions identified in the study area, it was possible to improve the scenic value and the biodiversity of the landscape to mitigate fire hazard and to diversify goods and services. The developed methodology is a key tool for producing maps for decision making support in integrated landscape planning and forest management.

Keywords

species suitability maps, Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP), Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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