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One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish: the use of simple agent-based models and role-play games to communicate key messages to community groups

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • The principal anthropogenic factors driving reef degradation have been

    known for years, if not decades. Overfishing, sedimentation and nutrient

    loads are just some of the key impacts of human activities in and around

    reef communities. Therefore, the future of reefs does not rely on

    generating new knowledge, but rather on implementing and integrating

    the knowledge we already have. This will require creating effective links

    between researchers, managers and communities to promote mutual

    learning, negotiation and collaborative action for reef management.

    Combining agent-based models and role-play games, through a

    technique known as Companion Modelling (ComMod), creates a

    dynamic and interactive setting that can contribute to research, education

    and participatory goals across diverse stakeholders. Incorporating the

    decision-making processes of individuals into each time step, through

    the role-play game, means that socio-economic rationalities are

    seamlessly integrated with the bio-physical dynamics embedded in the

    models. ComMod has been used successfully as a communication and

    learning tool in participatory workshops in both the Mesoamerican Reef

    (Mexico) and the Bolinao-Anda reef complex (Philippines). These

    experiences demonstrate that simple, generic ecological dynamics are

    very effective in communicating key conservation messages to a lay

    audience. However, a comprehensive understanding of local cultural,

    economic and social characteristics is crucial to develop a coupled

    model/role-play game that can successfully engage stakeholders.

Authors


  •   Cleland, Deborah (external author)
  •   Geronimo, Rollan (external author)
  •   Dray, Anne (external author)
  •   Perez, Pascal
  •   Trinidad, Abigail (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Cleland, D., Geronimo, R., Dray, A., Perez, P. & Trinidad, A. (2008). One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish: the use of simple agent-based models and role-play games to communicate key messages to community groups. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (p. 173). ISRS: USA.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smartpapers/46

Start Page


  • 173

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.nova.edu/ncri/11icrs/proceedings/index.html

Abstract


  • The principal anthropogenic factors driving reef degradation have been

    known for years, if not decades. Overfishing, sedimentation and nutrient

    loads are just some of the key impacts of human activities in and around

    reef communities. Therefore, the future of reefs does not rely on

    generating new knowledge, but rather on implementing and integrating

    the knowledge we already have. This will require creating effective links

    between researchers, managers and communities to promote mutual

    learning, negotiation and collaborative action for reef management.

    Combining agent-based models and role-play games, through a

    technique known as Companion Modelling (ComMod), creates a

    dynamic and interactive setting that can contribute to research, education

    and participatory goals across diverse stakeholders. Incorporating the

    decision-making processes of individuals into each time step, through

    the role-play game, means that socio-economic rationalities are

    seamlessly integrated with the bio-physical dynamics embedded in the

    models. ComMod has been used successfully as a communication and

    learning tool in participatory workshops in both the Mesoamerican Reef

    (Mexico) and the Bolinao-Anda reef complex (Philippines). These

    experiences demonstrate that simple, generic ecological dynamics are

    very effective in communicating key conservation messages to a lay

    audience. However, a comprehensive understanding of local cultural,

    economic and social characteristics is crucial to develop a coupled

    model/role-play game that can successfully engage stakeholders.

Authors


  •   Cleland, Deborah (external author)
  •   Geronimo, Rollan (external author)
  •   Dray, Anne (external author)
  •   Perez, Pascal
  •   Trinidad, Abigail (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Cleland, D., Geronimo, R., Dray, A., Perez, P. & Trinidad, A. (2008). One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish: the use of simple agent-based models and role-play games to communicate key messages to community groups. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (p. 173). ISRS: USA.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smartpapers/46

Start Page


  • 173

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.nova.edu/ncri/11icrs/proceedings/index.html