Forest accessibility, Madonie mountains (northern Sicily, Italy): implementing a GIS decision support system

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Abstract

Valorisation and sustainable exploitation of woody biomass from cultivation interventionsmight be an important opportunity to track alternative development trails for ruralcommunities in natural protected areas. The governance of Mediterranean protected areasis characterized by overlapping, sometimes conflicting institutions, stakeholders andregulations, causing negative impacts on decision-making processes. We present an opensource GIS-based decision support system tool for mapping forest accessibility andoptimizing woody biomass extraction. Two models were implemented to support forestmanagers during the decision-making process in designing and managing wood-energysupply chains. The optimal grid resolution to run the models was determined via a LeastCost Path analysis. The models were executed at different scales, performing satisfactorilywhen distances between recorded and modelled paths were lower than the grid unit. Thehigher the scale, the more the percentile of distances lower than the grid unit. The modelswere validated in Madonie mountains, Sicily, Italy.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)464-473
Numero di pagine10
RivistaJournal of Maps
Volume17
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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