Investigating fuzzy cognitive mapping as a participatory tool for conceptual landscape modelling
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Isak, Kirsten Grovermann Qvist1, Forfatter
Enggrob Boon, Tove1, Vejleder
Skov, Flemming1, Vejleder
1Det Biovidenskabelige Fakultet, København, Danmark, diskurs:18              
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 Abstract: A soft systems methodology for conceptual landscape modelling, fuzzy cognitive mapping, was investigated for its potential as a tool in public participation. The use of fuzzy cognitive mapping to conceptually describe a landscape through the perceptions of informants was investigated, as was whether a wide range of aspects in the landscape can be included in the description. A case study was undertaken in the core area of a newly designated National Park in Denmark and fuzzy cognitive maps were created during semi-structured interviews with twelve informants. The informants? perception of the landscape did not show evident connection to their respective stakeholder group but some differences were present between lay people and experts. Fuzzy cognitive mapping showed its suitability to involve both lay people and experts in including a broad range of aspects in a conceptual landscape description. An understanding of the cause and effect relations, and the feed back mechanisms was obtained, but it was not possible to gain an understanding of the emergent properties in the landscape. Fuzzy cognitive mapping can be used in participatory landscape management as a collaborative learning tool to improve communication between stakeholders and when debating desirable and feasible changes in the landscape. Fuzzy cognitive maps should, in order to take advantage of their potential for social learning, be created in group sessions. Fuzzy cognitive maps can advantageously be created based on predefined concepts which have been identified during individual semi-structured interviews with informants prior to group sessions.
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Sprog: English - eng
 Datoer: 2008
 Sider: 56 pages
 Publiceringsinfo: København, Danmark : Skov & Landskab
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 Note: Landscape Management, Landskabsforvaltning
 Type: Speciale
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