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Management Alternatives for the Commonlands of Iberian Peninsula: A Multi-Criteria Stakeholders Perspective

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dc.contributor.author Lopes, J. R. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:36:21Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:36:21Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-24 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-24 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1376
dc.description.abstract "Communal lands occupy approximately 1 million ha in NW Iberian Peninsula (400000 in north Portugal and 600000 in Galicia), with high average areas (circa 500 ha in Portugal and 200 ha in Galicia), and are owned by approximately 2900 communities in Galicia and 1000 in north Portugal. During centuries, <i>baldios </i>(Portugal) and <i>Montes Veciñais en Man Común </i>(MVMC, Galicia) played an essential role in the rural economy of their owner communities. This role was lost during the twentieth century due to the massive forestation and the decline of agriculture prominence. The restoration of democratic regimes in both countries returned the <i>baldios </i>and MVMC to their owner communities, now declining, aging, disrupted and disorganized. The multifunctional character of the use of commonlands and the involvement of multiple users and stakeholders, results in complex and uncertain management practices. Thus, their evaluation must be carried out with a methodology capable of assessing contradictory objectives and difficult to quantify and compare. The paper describes the use of a multiple criteria decision aid technique as decision tool for assessing criteria and indicators designed to evaluate management alternatives for the communal lands. The methods are highly transparent, easy to understand, and offer a convenient environment for participatory evaluation processes. This exercise aimed to build an approach to the knowledge of the overall factors evolved in the situation. The results show that current management modalities are not satisfactory in the stakeholders point of view. The preferred management alternative by most of the stakeholder groups was a theoretical (currently non-existent) management model where the communities and the Administration are co-managers in a parity relationship, and have professional managers. The results also highlight the fact that there is no valuable decision that doesn't take into account the incorporation of stakeholders desires, knowledge and preferences." en_US
dc.subject decision making en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject local participatory management en_US
dc.subject co-management en_US
dc.subject stakeholders en_US
dc.title Management Alternatives for the Commonlands of Iberian Peninsula: A Multi-Criteria Stakeholders Perspective en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.coverage.country Portugal en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth July en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates July 14-18, 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Cheltenham, England en_US
dc.submitter.email elsa_jin@yahoo.com en_US

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