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Washington-Ottombre C.,Purdue University | Pijanowski B.,Purdue University | Campbell D.,Michigan State University | Olson J.,Michigan State University | And 10 more authors.
Agricultural Systems | Year: 2010

We present an integrated methodology composed of a role-playing game on land adjudication from which we extract narrative and spatially explicit drivers of land-use decisions. We show how geographic information systems (GIS), qualitative decision-matrix analyses, a simple rule-based model using multi-criteria evaluations (MCE), and a machine learning-based land-transformation model (LTM) can be used harmoniously to study complex socio-ecological systems. We evaluate how each technique performs in the study of complex socio-ecological systems using a multi-tier framework detailing how each method analyzes the resource system, resource units, governance system, users and interactions and outcomes in the system. We show that each approach enhances our understanding of the land-use decision making process. Each method provides various information on the drivers of land-use decision, some focusing more on spatial components of socio-ecological systems (resource system and resource unit) and other having a strong emphasis on social mechanisms (governance system, users, interactions and outcomes). Furthermore, we shed light into the existence of a flow of information between the various methods enhancing our understanding of land-use drivers. We end with a discussion on methodological tradeoffs between models and the value of our more holistic approach to modeling land-use drivers and decisions. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Spanou S.,University of Patras | Tsegenidi K.,Ministry of Regional Development | Georgiadis T.,University of Patras
International Journal of Environmental Research | Year: 2012

Visitor management is considered important for the sustainable development of protected areas as the presence of visitors may cause negative impacts on wildlife and vegetation. Within this framework, visitor impacts and perceptions are considered critical for decision-making and planning of future management regimes. This paper resumes opinions of visitors of the Valley of Butterflies in Rhodes Island, Greece, a very popular tourist destination in both national and international level, with more than 300,000 visitors per year. These opinions record perceptions on the environmental impacts of eco-tourism in the Valley and are necessary for the formulation and implementation of a visitor management strategy in the area. Descriptive statistics are estimated, as well as a probit model exploring factors affecting visitors' satisfaction. Results call for more information and education of the visitors about the Valley's conservation and ecological value, better facilities and services provided, site hardening and a better policy of prices.


Littvay I.,University of Zagreb | Grbac I.,University of Zagreb | Domljan D.,University of Zagreb | Kopljar A.,Ministry of regional development
22nd International Scientific Conference: Wood is Good - EU Preaccession Challenges of the Sector, Proceedings | Year: 2011

The paper deals with the principles of natural construction, from microstructures to the complete matter. Principles used are logical building compositions without unnecessary and redundant elements, without toxic, cancerogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic components. A view of the comparison of natural and human solutions of objects is also provided, a view of basic principles of bionics and achievements it this particular scientific field, materials are being analysed as well as options for their application. Bionic principles in the design of wood objects and products and wood materials are brought into mutual relationship with the principles of sustainable development of forests and their use in wood industry, with highest ecological standards. Environmental pollution, increase of raw materials efficiency, use of secondary sources of wood mass for the production of objects of everyday use and numerous other factors in direct link with the design and construction in relation to production, economy and usability (Littvay 2010).


Peric I.,University of Zagreb | Moro M.,University of Zagreb | Barcic A.P.,University of Zagreb | Ojurovic R.,Ministry of Regional Development | Grladinovic T.,University of Zagreb
22nd International Scientific Conference: Wood is Good - EU Preaccession Challenges of the Sector, Proceedings | Year: 2011

The results of the reviewed and analysed questionnaires completed by wood processing and furniture manufacturing companies outline the current state and point to the future needs for knowledge with respect to the types, trends and amount of investments. Priority measures to increase competitiveness include the following: raising the general education level, in particular education of employees for specific business and production needs, systematic implementation of activities aimed at improvement of necessary knowledge and skills, creating a stimulating environment for the development and implementation of innovations, as well as establishing stronger and more stable relationships with scientific institutions.


Pirc A.,University of Zagreb | Motik D.,University of Zagreb | Moro M.,University of Zagreb | Posavec S.,University of Zagreb | Kopljar A.,Ministry of Regional Development
Drvna Industrija | Year: 2010

Wood processing and furniture manufacture in the Republic of Croatia have been developed on high quality forest raw material, and their activities are based on the use of forest raw material, long wood-processing tradition and good quality of human resources. Therefore, this is an important economic segment of the country. However, due to global economic trends, and also due to inadequately developed and low production effi- ciency, insufficient use of capacities and underdeveloped production of higher processing stages, the total income of the industrial wood processing is relatively low with respect to the potential of raw materials. It is, therefore, important to determine the position of the sector with the focus on market research. For this reason, the analysis was conducted and comparison made between certain market indicators such as production, exports, imports, consumption, and sales share of Croatian manufacturers, wood processing (DD 20) and furniture manufacture (DN 36), in the domestic market. In the observed period, an increasing trend was recorded of the production of other wood products and furniture manufacture, in favor of production of other wood products. From 2000 to the end of 2008 export values of other wood products were higher in relation to furniture export values, while in the field of import determinant values reversed. In the observed period, product sales of Croatian manufacturers in sectors DD 20 and DN 36 in the domestic market were variable.


Ojurovic R.,Ministry of Regional Development | Moro M.,Ministry of Regional Development | Segotic K.,University of Zagreb | Grladinovic T.,University of Zagreb | Oblak L.,Ministry of Regional Development
Drvna Industrija | Year: 2013

Processing of wood and manufacture of wood and cork products, excluding furniture, manufacture of straw and plaiting goods (C16) and manufacture of furniture (C31) were the most competitive activities of the Republic of Croatia in the European market in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Those activities began losing their market share at the end of 1994, and no signifi cant positive change in market competitiveness has been recorded since then. The question is how to achieve and maintain competitiveness, which is the condition of survival in an increasingly demanding environment. Preliminary and previous research on investments points to the assumption that the problem of competitiveness in the observed economic branch essentially boils down to a problem in the quality and effi ciency of the investments of associated business entities. This paper tries to give answers to the following questions: What is the investment policy, is there an internal factor for lagging behind in competitiveness, what the other reasons are and how competitiveness can be achieved. By analyzing the investment in key factors of competitiveness in the period 2007 to 2010, consistently established by this paper, the existing data on investment of wood processing and furniture manufacturing entities will be identifi ed, and an AHP investment model will be proposed that takes into account the simultaneous infl uence of all of the key factors of competitiveness and is the best indicator of the direction to be taken, with the fi nal aim of achieving competitiveness.


Pirc A.,University of Zagreb | Moro M.,University of Zagreb | Segotic K.,University of Zagreb | Ojurovic R.,Ministry of Regional Development
21st International Scientific Conference: Wood is Good - Transfer of Knowledge in Practice as a Way Out of the Crisis, Proceedings | Year: 2010

Research, application of science and cooperation mark modern-day industry in the developed countries, while production based on these standards represents one of the key levers to the economic growth and sustainable development. The direct connection between science and the real sector, as well as cooperation with other expert levels in the area of specific knowledge, results in the creation of new models for business and production. Acknowledging importance of cooperation between economy and innovative and scientific institutions is a typical trait of innovative manufacturers who want to make their technology, products and services more competitive and closer to the market needs. In fact, investing into cooperation is a necessity because it creates new and applicable innovations that, in return, create added value through new products and services. Wood industry, as one of the oldest industries in the Republic of Croatia, is national economy's strategic industry and its sustainable development based on knowledge has a consequential positive effection the country's overall economic image. The respective paper's objective is to investigate the existing level of cooperation between economic subjects and higher education, scientific research institutions, as well as other interested parties in the area of wood processing and furniture production.


Despot R.,University of Zagreb | Hasan M.,University of Zagreb | Trajkovic J.,University of Zagreb | Sefc B.,University of Zagreb | Lacic R.,Ministry of Regional Development
21st International Scientific Conference: Wood is Good - Transfer of Knowledge in Practice as a Way Out of the Crisis, Proceedings | Year: 2010

In the recent years, lot of research has been done and many articles have been published from the field of wood protection and chemical modification of wood at the Institute of Wood Science. Using modern methods and European standards and on the top of the edge laboratory equipment, promising results were achieved. Results are primarily related to the effects of wood sterilization by heating and gamma rays and to the biological durability of modified domestic wood species. This paper summarizes the research described above. The main results of these studies, are presented in a way of possibile application in practice.


Heemskerk M.,GOMIAM Research Initiative | Duijves C.,GOMIAM Research Initiative | Pinas M.,Ministry of Regional Development
Society and Natural Resources | Year: 2014

This article evaluates recent changes in gold-mining policies in Suriname, focusing on the contrasting perceptions about these policies by the government and small-scale gold miners. The data illustrate that distrust, which is constructed by history and culture, shapes perceptions about what are fair and effective regulations when it comes to access to, and control over, mineral resources. Yet distrust not only exists between the national government and local gold miners, it also weakens strategic positioning and decision making within these groups. The researchers argue that while effective regulation of the gold sector requires that government officials make an effort to establish trust with their constituents, it is as important that gold miners work on becoming trustworthy partners in dialogue and interventions for the government. It is concluded that trust is a process, and particularly in small-scale societies such as Suriname, this process needs to start with building interpersonal trust. © 2014 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Jaczewski L.,Ministry of Regional Development | Zabierowski W.,Technical University of Lodz | Napieralski A.,Technical University of Lodz
Modern Problems of Radio Engineering, Telecommunications and Computer Science - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference, TCSET'2012 | Year: 2012

The article presents the result of research of an exemplary website concerning Polish Angling Association. The whole project is based on the free web technologies. The site enables anglers and active workers of angling area as well as members of the Polish Angling Association, a quick access to information concerning current activity of angling area. The site facilitates access to statistics including the data that concerns fishing in basins as well as inspections of restocked water bodies in the angling area. © 2012 Lviv Polytechnic Natl Univ.

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