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Indicators-based spatial SWOT analysis: supporting the strategic planning and management of complex territorial systems

Comino, E. and Ferretti, V. (2016) Indicators-based spatial SWOT analysis: supporting the strategic planning and management of complex territorial systems. Ecological Indicators, 60. pp. 1104-1117. ISSN 1470-160X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.09.003

Abstract

Optimizing the multiple uses of land represents a challenge for today's governments and land managers. In particular, protected area planning should satisfy the demand for multiple land uses, while offering optimal protection of our natural resources. The present research aims at providing park's managers, as well as other stakeholders and decision makers, with a scientifically sound and practical approach to zoning protection levels and supporting the strategic planning phase in nature conservation. This paper thus proposes and tests the development of an indicators-based spatial Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis for a complex territorial system with exceptional multiple values. As a result, key conservation priorities and warning spots are identified to support the subsequent decision-making phase. The innovative value of the research stems not only from the integrated methodological approach based on the combination between spatial analysis, indicators systems and the traditional SWOT analysis, but also from the contextual characteristics and physical extension of the area under investigation. Moreover, the integrated and innovative framework proposed in the paper has also international significance, thanks to the possibility of replicating the research strategy and methodological approach in other contexts.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/ecological-indica...
Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2015 14:52
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 11:32
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/64142

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