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Generally, ecosystems are used in several ways at the same time by a number of different users. Such situations almost always lead to conflicts of interest and damage to the environment. The consequences range from suboptimal use due to unregulated access, to degradation of resource systems due to limited knowledge of the ecological process involved. Thus, in the area of environmental and resource management and in policies aiming at an ecologically sustainable development, many conflicting issues and interests emerge. As a tool for conflict management, multicriteria analysis is an important evaluation method which has demonstrated its usefulness in many environmental management problems. This paper provides a new methodology for conflict analysis in choice situations with multiple groups, where the information on the various possibilities is mixed in nature. From an empirical point of view, this model is particularly suitable for economic-ecological modelling incorporating various degrees of precision of the variables measured. From a methodological point of view, three main issues are considered: (i) the problem of equivalence of the used procedures in order to standardise the various evaluations (of a mixed type) of the performance of alternatives according to different criteria; (ii) the problem of comparison of fuzzy numbers typical of all fuzzy multicriteria methods; (iii) the problem of the different values and goals of different groups in society.

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Authors: MUNDA G, JRC Ispra (IT);NIJKAMP P, Free University, Department of Economics, Amsterdam (NL);RIETVELD P, Free University, Department of Economics, Amsterdam (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: XVI Convegno AMASES, Treviso (IT), September 9-12, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37092 ORA
Record Number: 199211123 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en