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Symposium issue of
Simulation & Gaming:
An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Practice and Research

 Simulation/gaming in
 natural resource management (NRM)

Guest Editors:
Olivier Barreteau, Michel Etienne, Christophe Le Page, Pascal Perez

 Cemagref, France -
Environmental science for the sustainable management of land and water

The use of simulations and games in natural resource management (NRM) is spreading quickly, particularly at the crossroads of information and communication technologies (ICT) tools development and the trend towards participatory public policy development in natural resource issues.  Both computer-mediated simulations and gaming have traditions of use in NRM and policy, particularly in the areas of decision support and training.

The aim of this symposium is to examine the ways in which the tools of management simulation and training games can contribute to NRM and to public policy regarding NRM.

Our experience of using such tools has become more solid in recent years, and this has lead to greater interest in the issues and methods of design and evaluation.  We would, therefore, particularly welcome papers dealing with design and evaluation.  We would also like to have a balance among methodological, case study, experimental and report papers.

The following list of topics will provide an idea of the ground that we wish to cover:

  •         Case studies, story-based accounts of the use of such tools.

  •         Evaluations of experiments and experiences.

  •         Conditions of use of these tools for NRM issues.

  •         Benefits of, and reason for, using simulation/gaming to NRM.

  •         Example of learning about NRM through simulation/gaming.

  •         Using role-play for learning about NRM and developing NRM skills.

  •         Mutual dependency of various uses.

  •         Methods for designing simulation models and games for NRM.

Although theoretical papers are welcome as well as practical ones, theoretical discussion should be grounded on past or on-going experiments or comparison of case studies.

Abstracts should be sent electronically to Olivier Barreteau:   olivier.barreteau  at