Prioritizing of soil and water resources management scenarios using multi-criteria decision making technique

  • 1 International Desert Research Center (IDRC), University of Tehran, Tehran 141776311, Iran
  • 2 Soil and Water Research Institute (SWRI), Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Karaj, Iran


Watershed sources management is considered as a new principle for development planning and management of water and soil resources emphasizing on various criteria of the region to sustainable livelihoods and without vulnerability of plant and the residents of an area. Aiming at management of soil and water resources with scenario building approach, current study has evaluated and prioritized biological management options in the study area. With a choice of four biological management activities, scenarios were developed and then criteria weighting and ultimately the best management option selection was carried out using analytic hierarchy process (AHP). The results indicated that social, ecological, economic and physical criteria were respectively prioritized from one to four and scenario number 16 was identified as the best scenario and the first priority.



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