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Integrating multi-criteria techniques with geographical information systems in waste facility location to enhance public participation

TitleIntegrating multi-criteria techniques with geographical information systems in waste facility location to enhance public participation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsHiggs G
Journal TitleWaste Management Research
Volume24
Pages105-117
Keywordsenvironmental impact assessment, geographical information systems, multi-criteria evaluation, Public participation, waste facility management, wmr 878–1
AbstractDespite recent UK Government commitments' to encourage public participation in environmental decision making, those exercises conducted to date have been largely confined to traditional' modes of participation such as the dissemination of information and in encouraging feedback on proposals through, for example, questionnaires or surveys. It is the premise of this paper that participative approaches that use IT-based methods, based on combined geographical information systems (GIS) and multi-criteria evaluation techniques that could involve the public in the decision-making process, have the potential to build consensus and reduce disputes and conflicts such as those arising from the siting of different types of waste facilities. The potential of these techniques are documented through a review of the existing literature in order to highlight the opportunities and challenges facing decision makers in increasing the involvement of the public at different stages of the waste facility management process. It is concluded that there are important lessons to be learned by researchers, consultants, managers and decision makers if barriers hindering the wider use of such techniques are to be overcome.
URLhttp://wmr.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/24/2/105
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