Participatory approaches to natural resource management and development have become widely accepted as the most effective instruments for achieving sustainable resource management particularly in the developing nations. This paper presents a participatory modeling framework that is consistent with participatory method of assessing sustainable forest management. Under this participatory modeling framework, a number of techniques have been developed aimed at: 1) communicating the concept of sustainable forestry to local communities, 2) soliciting direct input and active participation of local communities in the planning and decision-making process, and 3) seeking active involvement of local stakeholders in the formulation of the models and in their implementation for generating strategies and action plans. These models include: multi-criteria analysis, cognitive mapping, qualitative, and quantitative system dynamics. The models can be stand-alone models, or they can be combined together to constitute a more robust and flexible planning framework. These models have been applied to a number of case studies in the Philippines, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, and Ontario, Canada. Experiences and lessons learned from a selected set of applications are described in the paper.
Topic: conferences,forest management,sustainability,assessment,participation,models,techniques
Series: General Technical Report no. PNW-GTR-000
Publisher: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR, USA
Publication Year: 2005
Source: Bevers, Michael and Barrett, Tara M. (comps.) System analysis in forest resources: proceedings of the 2003 symposium, October 7-9, Stevenson,WA.. 49-57