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Evaluating consistency of stakeholder input into participatory GIS-based multiple criteria evaluation: a case study of ecotourism development in Kurdistan

Evaluating consistency of stakeholder input into participatory GIS-based multiple criteria evaluation: a case study of ecotourism development in Kurdistan
Evaluating consistency of stakeholder input into participatory GIS-based multiple criteria evaluation: a case study of ecotourism development in Kurdistan
Multiple criteria evaluation (MCE) is often used with GIS to identify suitable sites for multi-purpose development such as ecotourism. Typically, expert or stakeholder consultation is used to identify weights reflecting the relative importance of map layers representing different criteria. The objective of this study was to evaluate a new consultative approach to GIS-based MCE, using ecotourism development in Kurdistan, Iraq, as a case study. In an initial and follow-up consultation, stakeholders were asked not only to assess the relative importance of different map layers for ecotourism development, but also to identify specific sites suitable for ecotourism. Seventy-eight ecotourism destinations nominated by participants had significantly higher MCE scores than a set of 58 locations chosen without reference to stakeholders (t-test = 21.16; p < 0.001). The approach thus provides a straightforward means of assessing the consistency of stakeholder input into MCE and could be adapted for use in other site suitability assessments.
0964-0568
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Sarky, Sarook
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Edwards, Mary
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Sarky, Sarook
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Sarky, Sarook, Edwards, Mary and Wright, James (2016) Evaluating consistency of stakeholder input into participatory GIS-based multiple criteria evaluation: a case study of ecotourism development in Kurdistan. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1-25. (doi:10.1080/09640568.2016.1236013).

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Multiple criteria evaluation (MCE) is often used with GIS to identify suitable sites for multi-purpose development such as ecotourism. Typically, expert or stakeholder consultation is used to identify weights reflecting the relative importance of map layers representing different criteria. The objective of this study was to evaluate a new consultative approach to GIS-based MCE, using ecotourism development in Kurdistan, Iraq, as a case study. In an initial and follow-up consultation, stakeholders were asked not only to assess the relative importance of different map layers for ecotourism development, but also to identify specific sites suitable for ecotourism. Seventy-eight ecotourism destinations nominated by participants had significantly higher MCE scores than a set of 58 locations chosen without reference to stakeholders (t-test = 21.16; p < 0.001). The approach thus provides a straightforward means of assessing the consistency of stakeholder input into MCE and could be adapted for use in other site suitability assessments.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 September 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 3 November 2016
Organisations: Population, Health & Wellbeing (PHeW)

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Local EPrints ID: 400351
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/400351
ISSN: 0964-0568
PURE UUID: c9addc90-910b-4dc1-8550-f8ff74609f79
ORCID for Mary Edwards: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3490-6682
ORCID for James Wright: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8842-2181

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Date deposited: 04 Nov 2016 14:38
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 05:43

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Author: Sarook Sarky
Author: Mary Edwards ORCID iD
Author: James Wright ORCID iD

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