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Tools for evaluating investment in the Mediterranean mountain areas - An integrated framework for sustainable development

There is no integrated framework currently available that evaluates multiple impacts of investment projects in the context of sustainable development for the mountainous Mediterranean areas. This framework will integrate tools (indicators) through a natural resource base and capability evaluation for forestry, grazing, agriculture, wildlife, tourism and water/soil; a social and economic evaluation; an institutional evaluation, and an integrated evaluation based on Multiple Criteria Analysis and Cost Benefit analysis, where relevant. The evaluation process will be referenced through identification and mapping of meaningful spatial entities at the appropriate scales for development analyses in five study areas across the Mediterranean region.

The objectives of the project are:
1) to develop an integrated methodological framework spatially referenced to support ex-ante and ex-post investment evaluation, and to monitor decisions for sustainable development of the mountainous Mediterranean areas
2) to develop ex-ante and ex-post evaluation tools (indicators) at different spatial scales to support investment decisions for the sustainable development of the mountainous Mediterranean areas.

Progress to Date
The MEDMONT project evaluation framework has been finalised by interrelating the target groups with the investment evaluation and monitoring processes and tools. The framework integrates three dimensions: spatial scale; level of detail (or level of aggregation); and method of approach (top-down and bottom-up).
Regarding spatial scale, the landscape systems and landscape types were identified in the five study areas of the project: the Halkidiki Prefecture in Greece, the Belluno Province in Italy, Corsica in France, the Macizo del Aljibe mountain area in Spain, and the Gorisko and Idrisko region in Slovenia. These regions are currently being mapped with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Spatial entities meaningful for development analyses were distinguished in two categories: generic (landscape system, landscape type, ecotope), and specific.

1) The MEDMONT project evaluation integrated framework has the following features:
a. it is consistent with sustainable mountain development
b. it can be uniformly applied to all levels of decision-making
c. it is applicable to a wide variety of project investment categories
d. it incorporates local actors in the evaluation process.
2) Spatial entities, generic and specific, meaningful for development analyses were identified.
3) Guidelines for natural resource experts to construct Natural Resource Evaluation Models (NREM) and for end-users to use the NREM were developed.
4) Natural Resource Evaluation Models were constructed.
5) Data were collected to construct institutional, socio-economic and green accounting impact evaluation indicators through use of a consolidated questionnaire from real investment projects.
6) A procedure for data collection and analysis was established to standardise the process of generating project alternatives.
7) Detailed guidelines were developed to collect data for constructing social preference indicators.
8) A multi-criteria impact trade-off framework was designed based on fuzzy logic and compromise programming.


Scientist responsible for the project

Alsyllion Agrokepion Box 85
73100 Chania
Greece - GR

Phone: +30 28210 35000
Fax: +30 2821 03501


Project ID QLRT-1999-31031
Organisation Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania
Area 5.5
Start date 01 January 2001
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 1 371 118 €
Total EC contribution   951 015 €
Status Completed
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