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Public participation GIS to support a bottom-up approach in forest landscape planning

Isabella De Meo (1), Fabrizio Ferretti (2), Mauro Frattegiani (3), Chiara Lora (4), Alessandro Paletto (4)   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 6, Issue 6, Pages 347-352 (2013)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0917-006
Published: Aug 29, 2013 - Copyright © 2013 SISEF

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Forest landscape planning analyses all forest aspects (economic, ecological and social) and defines long-term forest management guidelines. Various actors are involved in landscape planning; therefore the analysis needs to take into account goals and targets of the different stakeholders. The participatory process can strongly support the development of a bottom-up forest plan definition when stakeholders are involved throughout the decision-making process. In this way, management guidelines are defined by decision makers and local communities through a shared process. With this approach, Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) is a useful tool to support the decision-making process in forest planning. The aim of the paper is to present a method that matches these requirements by exploiting the potential of GIS. The application of Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) is a useful support to integrate stakeholders’ priorities and expectations into forest planning strategies. Furthermore, it represents the starting point to draw up management scenarios by integrating and comparing both technical and social priorities. This paper presents an application of PPGIS in a forest landscape plan in southern Italy (Alto Agri district, Basilicata region).


Forest Landscape Planning, Public Participation, Decision Making, Public Participation GIS

Authors’ address

Isabella De Meo
Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura - Agrobiology and Pedology Centre (CRA ABP), p.za D’Azeglio 30, I-50121 Florence (Italy)
Fabrizio Ferretti
Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura - Apennine Forestry Research Unit (CRA-SFA), v. Bellini 8, I-86170 Isernia (Italy)
Mauro Frattegiani
Perugia (Italy)
Chiara Lora
Alessandro Paletto
Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura - Forest Monitoring and Planning Research Unit (CRA-MPF), p.za Nicolini 6, I-38100 Villazzano, Trento (Italy)

Corresponding author

Alessandro Paletto


De Meo I, Ferretti F, Frattegiani M, Lora C, Paletto A (2013). Public participation GIS to support a bottom-up approach in forest landscape planning. iForest 6: 347-352. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0917-006

Academic Editor

Luca Salvati

Paper history

Received: Nov 23, 2012
Accepted: May 04, 2013

First online: Aug 29, 2013
Publication Date: Dec 02, 2013
Publication Time: 3.90 months

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