The purpose of forest planning is to show the optimal way to utilize forest resources so that the benefit of the forest owner is maximised. The complexity of the current level of computational technology and methodological knowledge justify the use of quantitative methods that are based on simulation and optimisation. These systems can address the complex management planning problems encountered in multifunctional forestry.
A modern information system for forest planning contains sub-systems for data management, simulation of stand development, combinatorial optimisation and visualisation of forested landscapes. These systems are used in a flexible and interactive way to support the decision-making in the best possible way.
Our planning system MONTE is fully functional in Catalonian forests. Through the development of new growth and yield models it gradually becomes available in the whole of Spain. MONTE has been programmed in such a way that it can be easily adapted to any country.