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Dealing with the Sustainability Issue for Industrial Plantation Management

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The Management of Industrial Forest Plantations

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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.

Some parts of this chapter are based upon the paper by Giménez et al. (2013).

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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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Giménez, J.C., Bertomeu, M., Diaz-Balteiro, L., Romero, C. (2014). Dealing with the Sustainability Issue for Industrial Plantation Management. In: Borges, J., Diaz-Balteiro, L., McDill, M., Rodriguez, L. (eds) The Management of Industrial Forest Plantations. Managing Forest Ecosystems, vol 33. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-8899-1_13

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