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Co-constructing an agent-based model to mediate land use conflict between herders and foresters in northern Thailand

Dumrongrojwatthana P., Le Page C., Gajaseni N., Trébuil G.. 2011. Journal of Land Use Science, 6 (2-3) : p. 101-120.

In conservation areas, land use conflicts frequently occur due to the increasing number of land resource managers and users who usually have different interests, objectives and perceptions. Sharing all these a priori legitimate differences is a prerequisite for better collective management of the land. The companion modelling approach is used to build a shared representation of interactions between vegetation dynamics, reforestation efforts and livestock grazing in a forest conservation area of northern Thailand. This article focuses on the participatory modelling process that led to the co-construction of an agent-based model. Sensitizing exercises on vegetation dynamics and an agent-based simulator associated with a role-playing game were the main tools used. The social interactions and decision-making processes observed during the gaming and simulation sessions were used to construct a set of rules implemented in a subsequent autonomous agent-based model. It will be used to simulate future land management scenarios with local stakeholders. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : approches participatives; sociologie; végétation; forêt; gestion des ressources; utilisation des terres; conservation des ressources; Élevage; modèle de simulation; thaïlande; modélisation d'accompagnement; jeu de role

Thématique : Méthodes de recherche; Conservation de la nature et ressources foncières; Foresterie - Considérations générales; Economie et politique foncières; Elevage - Considérations générales

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