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Map-based multicriteria analysis to support interactive land use allocation

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This article focuses on the use of map-based multicriteria analysis to develop a negotiation support tool for land use allocation. Spatial multicriteria analysis is used to make explicit trade-offs between objectives and to provide guidance and feedback on the land use changes negotiated by the participants. Digital maps are the means of communication among workshop participants, and an interactive mapping device (the ‘Touch table’) is used as the interface. Participants are informed about the relevant trade-offs on the map and use this information to change the land use maps. The approach is tested during a negotiation session as part of the land use planning process of the Bodegraven polder, a peat meadow area in the Netherlands.

Keywords: interactive decision support; map-based multicriteria analysis; participatory land use planning

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Spatial Analysis and Decision Support (SPACE),Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication date: 2011-12-01

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