A GIS-based approach for land-use allocation decision making in Mexico: a case study in the Ejido Zenzontla and indigenous community of Cuzalapa

Thumbnail Image
Chart, Edward H.
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
University of Guelph

This thesis is an investigation of the Idrisi multi-objective decision making module (MOLA) in preparing land allocation models for rural communities within the Sierra de Manantlan Biosphere Reserve in Jalisco, Mexico. This region of Mexico is a microcosm for current problems in implementing sustainable development policies. The step wise participatory approach conducted using a spatial database lends itself to these complex situations. Results from this research suggest that with the data available currently in the region a variety of landuse allocations can be generated which can provide the local decision makers with meaningful landuse alternatives.

Idrisi multi-objective decision making module, land allocation models, rural communities, Sierra de Manantlan Biosphere Reserve, Jalisco, Mexico, sustainable development policies, step wise participatory approach, landuse allocations, landuse alternatives