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dc.contributor.author Forsyth, GG
dc.contributor.author Le Maitre, David C
dc.contributor.author O'Farrell, Patrick J
dc.contributor.author Van Wilgen, BW
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-06T12:18:52Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-06T12:18:52Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07
dc.identifier.citation Forsyth, GG, Le Maitre, DC, O’Farrell, PJ and Van Wilgen, BW. 2012. The prioritisation of invasive alien plant control projects using a multi-criteria decision model informed by stakeholder input and spatial data. Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 103, pp 51-57 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0301-4797
dc.identifier.uri http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03014797/103
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/6083
dc.description Copyright: 2012 Elsevier. This is an ABSTRACT ONLY. en_US
dc.description.abstract Invasions by alien plants are a significant threat to the biodiversity and functioning of ecosystems and the services they provide. The South African Working for Water program was established to address this problem. It needs to formulate objective and transparent priorities for clearing in the face of multiple and sometimes conflicting demands. This study used the analytic hierarchy process (a multi-criteria decision support technique) to develop and rank criteria for prioritising alien plant control operations in the Western Cape, South Africa. Stakeholder workshops were held to identify a goal and criteria and to conduct pair-wise comparisons to weight the criteria with respect to invasive alien plant control. The combination of stakeholder input (to develop decision models) with data-driven model solutions enabled us to include many alternatives (water catchments), that would otherwise not have been feasible. The most important criteria included the capacity to maintain gains made through control operations, the potential to enhance water resources and conserve biodiversity, and threats from priority invasive alien plant species. We selected spatial datasets and used them to generate weights that could be used to objectively compare alternatives with respect to agreed criteria. The analysis showed that there are many high priority catchments which are not receiving any funding and low priority catchments which are receiving substantial allocations. Clearly, there is a need for realigning priorities, including directing sufficient funds to the highest priority catchments to provide effective control. This approach provided a tractable, consensus-based solution that can be used to direct clearing operations. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workflow;9197
dc.subject Analytic hierarchy processes en_US
dc.subject Invasive alien plants en_US
dc.subject Ecosystem services en_US
dc.subject Fynbos en_US
dc.subject Karoo en_US
dc.subject Working for Water en_US
dc.subject Biodiversity en_US
dc.subject Water resources en_US
dc.title The prioritisation of invasive alien plant control projects using a multi-criteria decision model informed by stakeholder input and spatial data en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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