Use of decision analysis interviews to support the sustainable use of the forests in Finnish Upper Lapland

J Environ Manage. 2011 Jun;92(6):1550-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2011.01.007. Epub 2011 Feb 1.


Controversy between alternative uses of forests in Finnish Upper Lapland has been going on for decades, and in recent years it has been escalated to a serious conflict. The core of the conflict is the adverse impacts of forestry on old forests which are important grazing areas for reindeer and which are regarded as intact nature and wilderness areas. This paper describes the experiences of applying multi-criteria decision analysis interview approach on this conflict. The approach provides tools for structuring the problem and preferences of the stakeholders as well as for analyzing the effects of different alternatives in a common framework. We focus on the practical experiences gained from the application of this approach in this context. Multi-criteria decision analysis was found to be a useful approach to evaluate the economic, ecological and cultural aspects of this intense conflict. The obtained experiences also support the view that the approach works best when tightly integrated into the planning process.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animal Husbandry / methods*
  • Animals
  • Conservation of Natural Resources / methods*
  • Decision Support Systems, Management*
  • Finland
  • Forestry / methods*
  • Negotiating
  • Reindeer / physiology*