Improving pluralism in Multi Criteria Decision Aid approach through Focus Group technique and Content Analysis

Stefanos Xenarios, Ilias Tziritis

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Abstract

Various economic valuation techniques and Multi Criteria Decision Aid (henceforth MCDA) methods seek to identify and evaluate the environmental impacts in aquatic ecosystems for the improvement of the decision making process. Despite the latter's ability to respond more effectively to the task of confronting environmental problems thanks to its multidimensional structure, strong criticism is levelled against the obscurity prevalent in the way the social preferences are elicited and certain criteria and weights are adopted. In the present paper, the Focus Group technique, complemented by Content Analysis, are applied in order to strengthen the pluralistic concept of MCDA approach and enhance the social learning in decision making processes. The analysis was accomplished within the framework of the EUROCAT project (European Catchments: Catchments Changes and their impacts on the coast), and was applied to the delta area of the Axios transboundary river in Northern Greece.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)692-703
JournalEcological Economics
Volume62
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Multi Criteria Decision Aid
  • Focus Group technique
  • Content Analysis
  • Weighting importance
  • Integrated Assessment
  • Axios catchment
  • Greece

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