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Mapping the environmental impacts intensity that is caused from the forest roads network planning based on Spatial Multi Criteria Evaluation (MCE)

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  • Stergios Tampekis

    () (Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly)

  • Fani Samara

    () (Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly)

  • Stavros Sakellariou

    () (Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly)

  • Athanassios Sfougaris

    () (Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly)

  • Olga Christopoulou

    () (Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly)

Abstract

Sustainable management of forest resources can only be achieved through a well-organized road network compatible with the natural environment. This paper describes a method for forest road network planning and the environmental impact assessment based on Spatial Multi-Criteria Evaluation (SMCE) at the Island of Thassos, Greece. Data analysis and its presentation are achieved through a spatial decision support system using multi-criteria evaluation (MCE) with the contribution of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In this paper we present the assessment of: the forest?s opening up percentage, the forest road density, the applied skidding means (with either the use of tractors or the cable logging systems in wood skidding), the timber skidding direction, the traffic load and truck type, the distance between forest roads and streams, the distance between forest roads and the forest boundaries and if the forest roads come through unstable soils. With the assessment of the above factors we can evaluate the intensity of forest roads? environmental impacts. The Multi-Criteria Evaluation which is recommended and described at this study provides a powerful and easy to use implement in order to combine cartographic models and other image data and to define solutions to unstructured, as well as semi-structured, problems. It can also be used in order to minimize and evaluate the environmental impacts of forest roads planning.

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  • Stergios Tampekis & Fani Samara & Stavros Sakellariou & Athanassios Sfougaris & Olga Christopoulou, 2015. "Mapping the environmental impacts intensity that is caused from the forest roads network planning based on Spatial Multi Criteria Evaluation (MCE)," Proceedings of International Academic Conferences 2805248, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:sek:iacpro:2805248
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    1. Demir, Murat, 2007. "Impacts, management and functional planning criterion of forest road network system in Turkey," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 56-68, January.
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    Keywords

    forest road network planning; environmental impact assessment; spatial multi-criteria evaluation; GIS;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

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