Sustainability of forest management plans: a discrete goal programming approach

J Environ Manage. 2004 Jul;71(4):351-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2004.04.001.


Let us consider i = 1, 2,...n alternative forest plans to be evaluated according to j = 1, 2,...m indicators of sustainability. An expert or panel of experts suggests a set of targets or desirable levels of achievement for the m indicators of sustainability considered. Within this context, an important problem is to determine the system with a higher level of achievement with respect to the targets attached by the expert to the m indicators. A natural extension of this problem involves determining a ranking of the n systems considered. A general procedure based on discrete goal programming is proposed to address these problems. The methodology is applied in a case study of a Spanish forest.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Conservation of Natural Resources*
  • Decision Support Techniques*
  • Forestry*
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Spain
  • Trees / growth & development