Challenges in developing and implementing a decision support systems (ETcAP) in forest management planning: a case study in Honaz and Ibradi, Turkey

Baskent E. Z. , Keles S., Kadiogullari A. İ.

SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF FOREST RESEARCH, vol.29, pp.121-131, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02827581.2013.822543
  • Page Numbers: pp.121-131


Decision support systems (DSSs) are indispensable tools in preparing a forest management plan for a better combination of multiple forest values. This study attempted to develop and explain a stand-based forest management DSS (Ecosystem-based multiple-use forest planning [ETcAP]) comprising a traditional simulation, linear programming (LP), metaheuristics and geographic information system. The model consists of five submodels; traditional management approach to handle inventory data, an empirical growth and yield model, a simulation to conceptualize management actions, a LP technique to optimize resource allocation and a simulated annealing approach to directly create a spatially feasible harvest schedule. The ETcAP model has been implemented in a comparative two case study areas; Denizli-Honaz and Akseki-Ibradi. Both simulation and optimization models outperformed to the traditional management plan. The periodical change of growing stock, allowable cuts, carbon sequestration and water production are used as performance indicators. The results showed that more amount of wood could be harvested over time compared to traditional level of harvesting. It could be concluded that various management strategies allowed managers to stimulate more decision options for better outputs through intertemporal trade-offs of management interventions as the model provided tools to quantify forest dynamics over time and space. Challenges exist to establish the functional relationships between forest structure and values for better quantification and integration into the management plans.