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Contribution of simulation and gaming to natural resource management issues : An introduction

Barreteau O., Le Page C., Perez P.. 2007. Simulation and Gaming, 38 (2) : p. 185-194.

Nowadays, computer-mediated simulations and games are widely used in the field of natural resource management (NRM). They have proved to be useful for various purposes such as supporting decision-making processes and training. First, the specificities of the NRM research field are highlighted. Then, based on the analysis of the articles presented in this special issue of Simulation & Gaming, some key features related to the implementation of gaming in such a context are introduced. Finally, after reviewing the benefits of using simulation games in NRM, the authors stress the ethical issue of changing social relationships among stakeholders by playing a game with some of them. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : approches participatives; sociologie économique; Éthique; logiciel; système d'aide à la décision; modèle de simulation; gestion des ressources naturelles; recherche participative; jeu de role

Thématique : Méthodes mathématiques et statistiques; Conservation de la nature et ressources foncières

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