HOW RELEVANT IS THE HIERARCHICAL-ANALYTICAL PROCESS IN THE PARTICULAR CASE OF NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS FROM CĂLĂRAȘI COUNTY, ROMANIA? PUBLISHEDCiprian Tudor, Cristinel Constandache, Lucian Dinca ”Marin Drăcea” National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry email@example.com
In Romania, the biodiversity of forest species is very high, being into a constantly growing, due to the variaty of relief forms, temperate-continental climate and normally hydrological regime which creates many types of ecosystems. Beside wood products, the most popular categories of non-wood products met into the Romanian territory are: mushrooms, forest fruits, medicinal plants, resins and wild species, being important forest resources that can be exploited and processed.. As such, the goal of the present article was to highlight the most representative NWFPs from Călărași county, the selected one’s being the forest fruits. As materials, it were utilised the data published in annual reports from Călărași County Forest Administration, as well as the databases from the Catalogs of National Institute of Statistics. The documentation was important to establish the range of distribution for forest fruits, the applied technology of harvesting and so on. As methods, it was used the Analytical-Hierarchy Process (AHP), by means of pairwise comparisons. The sensivity was achieved by using the Expert Choice Desktop software package. The degree of novelty is represented by this kind of multicriteria analysis, which brings essential informations about the actual state of forest fruits. It was found that the most promising forest fruis are: hazelnuts, wild pears and the acorns. The research limitations is related to the lack of detailed information about economics or ecology of NWFPs. The statistics of NWFPs are available, but the informations are poorly disseminated and is not accesible across the Europe. Originality of the paper is related to the collected data which is unique, being utilised for the original interface of NWFPs encountered in Calărași county. Relevance comes from the idea of trading forest goods, maintaining a good collaboration with stakeholders or managers, who want to perform their economic strategy.
analytic hierarchy process (AHP), Expert Choice Desktop, harvesting period, market demand, forest fruits