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Conflicting Values in Rural Planning: A Multifunctionality Approach through Social Multi-criteria Evaluation

Version 1 : Received: 28 March 2018 / Approved: 4 April 2018 / Online: 4 April 2018 (14:51:19 CEST)

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Etxano, I.; Barinaga-Rementeria, I.; Garcia, O. Conflicting Values in Rural Planning: A Multifunctionality Approach through Social Multi-Criteria Evaluation. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1431. Etxano, I.; Barinaga-Rementeria, I.; Garcia, O. Conflicting Values in Rural Planning: A Multifunctionality Approach through Social Multi-Criteria Evaluation. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1431.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2018, 10, 1431
DOI: 10.3390/su10051431

Abstract

The planning of rural land depends to a large extent on the agrarian and forestry development model agreed upon for it. Within the framework of agrarian multifunctionality, to evaluate different development alternatives and their effect on territorial planning, its multiple dimensions must be considered as well as the interests and needs of the stakeholders. This work thus addresses the comprehensive evaluation of development alternatives for the rural area of a municipality of the Basque Country (Spain) through the implementation of a multi-criteria evaluation method with social participation. The results show, firstly, the existence of trade-offs between the functions to be promoted in the various development models evaluated. Secondly, the results indicate the need to reverse recent trends in the sector and the convenience of moving towards an agro-livestock model of greater ecological and local character, independently of the followed forest model. In fact, the evaluation carried out also reveals, thirdly, the existence of more or less latent conflicts, in particular with regards to forest policy.

Subject Areas

rural development; multifunctionality; rural planning; participatory process; social multi-criteria evaluation (SMCE)

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