A decision support system for management of mires in the forest

Bernhard Hasch, Jutta Zeitz, Heike Lotsch, Vera Luthardt and Ron Meier

After Wise Use – The Future of Peatlands, Proceedings of the 13th International Peat Congress: Peatland Forestry

decision-support-system, forest-mires, management-strategy, mire-restoration, rewetting

Hasch et al. 2008: A decision support system for management of mires


For successful restoration of forest mires, a wide range of different ecological conditions have to be considered. Therefore the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) supports the development of a decision support system (DSS) for management of forest mires. Based on the identified decision relevant parameters the basic structure (model component) of the decision support system has been elaborated. The model part of the DSS has a modular concept and is divided in two decision sections to derive main restoration objectives and measures. In each module a sectoral decision making is supported using a dichotomous decision tree ensuring easy handling and high transparency of the decision-making process. The management strategy submits proposals for optimal rewetting methods, measures to increase water supply from catchment area and best methods to reduce undesirable afforestation.