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« on: April 08, 2020, 04:31:05 PM »
Employing Precision Forestry in Greece: A Multicriteria Analysis
Christiana Koliouska and Zacharoula Andreopoulou
Department of Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Precision Forestry (PF) is enabled by a wide range of innovative Information and
Communication Technologies (ICT) in the sustainable forest management. PF takes
advantage of ecological processes in forest ecosystems aiming at the environmental
protection. The profitability of forestry is dependent on accurate forest resource
information in order to optimize and complete various forest-management tasks. The main
benefits of employing PF deal with deforestation, forest fires, illegal logging, reduction in
costs of forest mapping and forest management. ICT adoption encompasses electronic data
capture, planning and managing digital data, tight operational control, optimized decisionmaking
and increased selectivity of prescriptions. This paper studies the employ of PF in
Greek Forest Services. The research with the method of questionnaires was conducted in
the first quarter of 2020 in the Forest Services in Central Macedonia, Greece. The Forest
Services were evaluated and ranked according to the level of their digital transformation
using the multicriteria method of PROMETHEE II. According to the results, it is necessary
forest operators to expand the use of ICT and optimize their daily workflow. The optimum
Forest Services are identified and described to be used as models with the highest level of
digital transformation.
Key words: Precision Forestry, Multicriteria Analysis, Information and Communication
Technologies, PROMETHEE II, Greece