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Original scientific paper

Application of multicriteria AHP method in selection of wood harvesting system

Mario Šporčić ; Šumarski fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu
Matija Landekić
Ivana Bartulac   ORCID icon ; Otočac
Ksenija Šegotić

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APA 6th Edition
Šporčić, M., Landekić, M., Bartulac, I. & Šegotić, K. (2020). Primjena višekriterijske AHP metode u odabiru sustava pridobivanja drva. Šumarski list, 144 (5-6), 247-255.
MLA 8th Edition
Šporčić, Mario, et al. "Primjena višekriterijske AHP metode u odabiru sustava pridobivanja drva." Šumarski list, vol. 144, no. 5-6, 2020, pp. 247-255. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Šporčić, Mario, Matija Landekić, Ivana Bartulac and Ksenija Šegotić. "Primjena višekriterijske AHP metode u odabiru sustava pridobivanja drva." Šumarski list 144, no. 5-6 (2020): 247-255.
Šporčić, M., et al. (2020). 'Primjena višekriterijske AHP metode u odabiru sustava pridobivanja drva', Šumarski list, 144(5-6), pp. 247-255.
Šporčić M, Landekić M, Bartulac I, Šegotić K. Primjena višekriterijske AHP metode u odabiru sustava pridobivanja drva. Šumarski list [Internet]. 2020 [cited 2020 November 25];144(5-6):247-255.
M. Šporčić, M. Landekić, I. Bartulac and K. Šegotić, "Primjena višekriterijske AHP metode u odabiru sustava pridobivanja drva", Šumarski list, vol.144, no. 5-6, pp. 247-255, 2020. [Online].

Decision-making, as a process of selecting some of the alternatives to solve a given problem, in forestry is extremely demanding because of the multiplicity and wide range of criteria involved in the decision-making process. Such interests and criteria cover a number of economic issues, social issues, environmental and ecological issues. The application of different multicriteria decision-making
methods in such situations can be an important and potentially good way of addressing many forestry issues and problems. Multicriteria decision-making has been present in forestry for more than 40 years, however, more significant application has begun in the 1990s and numerous, in the meantime published multi-criteria papers dealing with different forestry issues in various areas. In this paper, a multicriteria procedure – Analytic hierarchy process (AHP) was used to evaluate the existing timber harvesting systems in Croatian forestry. The AHP, introduced by Thomas Saaty (1980), is an effective tool for dealing with complex decision making. By reducing complex decisions to a series of pairwise comparisons, and then synthesizing the results, the AHP helps to capture both subjective and objective aspects of a decision. In this way it aids the decision maker to set priorities and make the optimal decision. By using the AHP method, the appropriateness of particular timber harvesting systems for the specific conditions of selected forest stand and planned production tasks (thinning) was evaluated. The study included a comparison of seven different timber harvesting systems, i.e. alternatives: 1) Logger and adapted farm tractor, 2) Logger and skidder with winch, 3) Logger and forestry trailer with crane, 4) Logger and forwarder, 5) Harvester and forwarder, 6) Logger and mobile tower yarder, 7) Logger and cable yarder on truck. The aim was to develop a model for multicriteria assessment of the suitability and effectiveness of particular timber harvesting systems and also demonstrate the possibilities of applying the AHP method, as well as other multicriteria methods in forestry. Based on the prepared questionnaire, i.e. examination of forestry experts and comparison of existing timber harvesting systems, according to the set criteria, the ranks of individual alternatives were determined and a decision proposal was made on the selection of optimal timber harvesting system for the foreseen production tasks and specific conditions of a particular forest management area. Given the defined technological-biological, economic, environmental, ergonomic, energy and aesthetic selection criteria, a system consisting of a harvester and a forwarder was evaluated as the most appropriate option. Designed multi-criteria approach offers more comprehensive bases for deciding on the most suitable technologies and means of work at many different forestry sites in Croatia. The research results can thus support forestry professionals in decision making and indirectly influence the selection and implementation of specific timber harvesting systems. The development and application of AHP and other multi-criteria methods in this regard can be valuable assistance at the strategic and operational level of decision-making in forestry.

timber harvesting systems; forestry; decision making; multicriteria models; AHP

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