This paper introduces a special section describing elements of multidisciplinary framework to consider cumulative effects management in land use planning. The paper introduces case studies that demonstrate how scenario analysis can be applied in data-limited regions and how social dimensions of land use change can be incorporated in these methods, particularly in aboriginal communities. These case studies explore how scenario analysis can be used to incorporate social values by considering land use alternatives through community consultation approaches. Specific challenges with identifying social and ecological responses, determining thresholds and targets for land use, and integrating local and traditional knowledge in land use planning are also acknowledge. The paper also provides perspective on various processes for identifying cumulative impacts and thresholds.
Weber, M., N. Krogman, and T. Antoniuk. 2012. Cumulative effects assessment: linking social, ecological, and governance dimensions. Ecology and Society 17(2): 22.