Innovation for Decision Support

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The Community of Practice on Forest Decision Support Systems was launched during the FORSYS Cost Action Final Conference on Decision support systems for Sustainable Forest Management which took place on 24 – 26 April 2013 in Umea, Sweden.

The conference presented a synthesis of the multidisciplinary research efforts developed under the COST Action FP0804 (FORSYS Forest Management Decision Support Systems (DSS). The FORSYS COST Action aims to provide an innovative world-wide quality reference for the development and application of advanced computerized tools to support forest management and policy analysis.

The Community of Practice encompasses experience and expertise reported in comprehensive country reports by 94 researchers from 26 countries in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. It also includes work conducted under FORSYS by over 120 researchers and stakeholders, and from a large repository of DSS projects that have been formally described in a semantic wiki (http://fp0804.emu.ee/wiki/index.php/Category:DSS) to further provide solid expertise in applying models, methods, techniques and frameworks for developing and applying DSSs for forest management and policy analysis.

The need to involve decision makers in the design of DSS was discussed during the conference as a critical success factor and it became evident that research must address the rising demands and needs of stakeholders with advanced techniques and models.

The synthesis emerging from the COST Action and Final Conference will be influential in improving management from stand to multiple-ownership landscape scale and to enhance forest policy analysis in general.

A proposal for a session to disseminate this work further at the IUFRO 2014 World Congress (Decision Support for providing Ecosystem Services - Community of Practice of Forest Decision Support Systems) is currently being organised by IUFRO Units 4.02.07, 4.030.03 and 4.04.04.

The conference was sponsored by IUFRO Division 4, the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and involved 98 participants from 32 countries (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zeeland, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States).

Text by José Borges, Ljusk-Ola Eriksson and Harald Vacik

More information: José Borges, joseborges (at) isa.utl.pt

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