Application of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis for Recreational Trails Decision Making in Western Australia: Final Technical Report

Research Report

Project:

Understanding and Comparing Different Public Land Use Values

Authors:

Professor Marian Tye, Dr Isaac Middle, Assoc. Prof. Garry Middle

Published:

2017

The rationale for this project was based on an identified need to better facilitate trail planning and decision-making processes, especially where conflict arises between multiple land uses in the establishment of formal recreation trails in WA. The project adopted an action research approach that comprised a desktop literature review, commentary by the expert panel, and a series of facilitated workshops. The literature review established the foundation for the development and application of three discussion-based workshops, involving a range of key stakeholders. The review of literature revealed Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA; also called Multi-Criteria Analysis, multi-criteria decision-making and multi-criteria assessment) as a method with a long history of use in support of environmental management and decision making. MCDA allows for informed, structured and formal, though subjective, decision making around the multiple values of landscapes to be made in a transparent and consistent manner. The project found that a suitably designed and appropriately applied MCDA methodology would be a highly useful participative tool that may be incorporated into existing processes in support of decision making for trails planning.

How to cite:

Middle, I., M. Hughes, G. Middle, and M. Tye. Application of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis for Recreational Trails Decision Making in Western Australia: Final Technical Report. Centre for Sport and Recreation Research, Curtin University, Perth, April 2017.