Analysis (MCA) is a decision-making tool developed for complex problems. In a
situation where multiple criteria are involved confusion can arise if a logical,
well-structured decision-making process is not followed. Another difficulty in
decision making is that reaching a general consensus in a multidisciplinary team
can be very difficult to achieve. By using MCA the members don't have to agree
on the relative importance of the Criteria or the rankings of the alternatives.
Each member enters his or her own judgements, and makes a distinct, identifiable
contribution to a jointly reached conclusion.
is written for an audience that needs a clear, easy to follow manual that can
be used in the field to implement MCA. The information is structured so that the
reader is first introduced to the general concepts involved before delving into
the more specific applications of Multi Criteria Analysis. The manual reviews
the conceptual framework of C&I and introduces the theoretical basis of MCA, and
methods such as ranking, rating and pairwise comparisons in the Analytic Hierarchy
Process (AHP). It provides an example of how MCA can be applied to C&I in a Forest
Certification context both from a 'top-down' perspective as well as in a more