A Multi-Objective Decision Analysis Tool for Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal Alternatives
As is known, high level policy decisions to select between public infrastructure alternatives are based on multiple and conflicting criteria/data that are subject to different levels/types of uncertainty and require engineering judgement and expert opinion that is based on best practices and highly cited scientific literature.
Moreover, stakeholders that are involved in the decision making may have vested interest in specific courses of action which causes them to include certain criteria and information while excluding or undervaluing others. Minimizing the influence of special interests and reaching a well-informed and holistic decision on the most suitable alternatives becomes understandably difficult.
This demands a systematic framework to combine contextualized and multifaceted technical inputs and decision-maker or stakeholder views in order to rank the performance of numerous decision options against multiple criteria. Lebanon's solid waste management situation exemplifies these issues and needs.
As such, AUB-NCC developed a multi-objective decision support tool for solid waste treatment and disposal alternatives.