Aplication of Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) For Land Use Allocation
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This study was conducted to develop a framework for participatory and improved land use decision-making in Besitang Watershed, Langkat, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Specifically, it aimed to determine the best land use allocation using AHP. Collective opinion was derived from the workshop with stakeholders. Alternative for forestry in Besitang Watershed based on integrated approach has very high suitability (63%). Agriculture use has high (63%) to very high (37%) suitability. Settlement area has low (23%) to moderate (77%) suitability. Fishery use has low (47%), moderate (18%), and high (35%) suitability. Industry has very low suitability in all decision zones (100%). Based on allocation for multiple-use, Besitang Watershed has very high potential suitability for forestry (63%) and agriculture (37%) land uses. The most significant contributions of this study in facilitating land use decision-making were: as a tool for land use allocation and policy formulation, as well as for scientific investigations. This approach provides participatory involvement of stakeholders in land use allocation.