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Cutting the cake: Supporting environmental fund allocation decisions
- Hajkowicz, Stefan
- Journal of environmental management 2009 v.90 no.8 pp. 2737-2745
- natural resource management, funding, decision support systems, environmental assessment, needs assessment, mathematical models, equations, Queensland
- This paper describes a decision support model for allocating financial resources amongst multiple user groups in environmental management problems. The model is based on the multiple criteria analysis (MCA) method of compromise programming. It was used to inform the allocation of Natural Heritage Trust funds across 14 regions in Queensland, Australia. The model targets funding to those regions with greater natural resource management needs. Need is determined by 19 weighted criteria relating to natural resource assets and threats. The model was accepted by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and regional groups as an appropriate means for allocating program funds; first in 2005 and then again, with improvements, in 2007. This paper shows that an MCA model can improve the transparency, auditability and acceptance of allocation decisions which would otherwise be heavily politicised.