A gaming exercise to explore problem-solving versus relational activities for river floodplain management

Stefanska, J., Magnuszewski, P., Sendzimir, J., Romaniuk, P., Taillieu, T., Dubel, A., Flachner, Z., & Balogh, P. (2011). A gaming exercise to explore problem-solving versus relational activities for river floodplain management. Environmental Policy and Governance 21 (6) 454-471. 10.1002/eet.586.

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This paper describes a new gaming tool that allows players (e.g. water managers and farmers) to explore the consequences of their interactions in managing river floodplains. To facilitate the process of creating and testing new polcies that would help to accommodate disordering events, e.g. floods, we developed a system dynamics model of floodplain agriculture that drives an interactive game. The Floodplain Management Game can be used as an educational resource, knowledge elicitation technique or transition management tool for agriculture and river management. The key feature is that it unites technical (problem-solving) and relational issues in one game. In multiple areas it has proven a useful tool for participants to experience the challenges of policy-making for managing rivers as well as for floodplain agriculture and for scientists to examine how stakeholders make decisions about such options.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptive management; Communications laboratory; Floodplains; Simulation games; Social learning
Research Programs: Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Bibliographic Reference: Environmental Policy and Governance; 21(6):454-471 (November/December 2011) (Published online 27 November 2011)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:45
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2016 07:53
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9495

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