Multi-criteria assessment in the comparison of lake restoration initiatives
Topic of the practice
The practice is a transparent way to rationalize the selection of restoration cases to be funded by authorities. It is an important tool in allocating resources available when number of lake restoration initiatives received by authorities exceeds available funds
Good Practice Information
The objective of the practice is to evaluate initiatives and to compare lakes to be restored. Furthermore, objective is to develop a transparent classification which also gives information of the criteria used and guides the planning work of local stakeholders in the planning phase. The criteria evaluating priority of the lake to be restored are related to 1) monitoring information and status
of the lake and its catchment to define the need for restoration, 2) the recreational use and conservation value reflecting the societal value of the lake and 3) the potential of local participation as a measure of commitment of stakeholders. The criteria and sub-criteria can be weighted and summed in a spreadsheet and analysed by MCDA. The practice has high potential for transfer.
Evidence of success
The practice has been used to prioritize restoration need of lakes in Mäntsälä and Espoo, and by one regional authority. Its principles were also adopted in a national strategy document for restoration of waters in 2013 by the Ministry of the Environment. Presentation of the evaluation criteria also helps the stakeholders to understand what information is needed in the applications.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Finnish Environment Institute
Annex completed on: 09-24-2014