Dealing with the Sustainability Issue for Industrial Plantation Management

  • Juan Carlos GiménezEmail author
  • Mercedes Bertomeu
  • Luis Diaz-Balteiro
  • Carlos Romero
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 33)


In this chapter, we propose a procedure base on a multi-criteria framework to address sustainable management in industrial forest plantations. First of all, we propose a strategic timber harvest scheduling problem to define eighteen management alternatives. Next, we take into consideration six sustainability indicators and measure them for each management alternative during the planning horizon. Then, the management alternatives are assessed in terms of the sustainability indicators’ values, and ranked by means of a goal programming methodology by which the different indicators are properly aggregated. Finally, different priority rankings are obtained representing potential preferences of the decision maker. The procedure is applied to a Eucalyptus globulus Labill. plantation in northwestern Spain. The results show the validity of this approach, thus deriving the most sustainable management alternative under each scenario.


Analytic Hierarchy Process Planning Horizon Carbon Capture Management Alternative Sustainability Indicator 
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This research has been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under project AGL2011-2585 and the Autonomous Government of Madrid. Thanks are given to Diana Badder and PRS for English editing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Carlos Giménez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mercedes Bertomeu
    • 1
  • Luis Diaz-Balteiro
    • 2
  • Carlos Romero
    • 3
  1. 1.Grado en Ingeniería Forestal y del Medio Natural, Centro Universitario de PlasenciaUniversity of ExtremaduraCaceresSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Economía y Gestión Forestal, ETS Ingenieros de MontesTechnical University of MadridMadridSpain
  3. 3.ETS Ingenieros de MontesTechnical University of MadridMadridSpain

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