We used a stakeholder-driven, participatory approach for modeling land use suitability and developing alternative future scenarios. Together with groups of experts in economic development, ecosystem protection, forestry, and agriculture, we co-developed these land use planning models.

The following sections describe each step in the modeling process.

diagram of our modeling process

This flow diagram shows the modeling steps for each land use and then their integration in the scenarios.

Each step of the land use suitability modeling process was conducted independently for each land use. The four land uses came together during model validation with the stakeholders and during the future scenarios part of the process.

diagram showing GIS layers

Individual factors are combined into suitability layers, which are overlain to identify conflicts and opportunities.