Patrick D'Aquino

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Participatory modeling is increasingly recognized as an effective way to assist collective decision-making processes in the domain of natural resource management. This article introduces a framework for evaluating projects that have adopted a participatory modeling approach. This evaluation framework--known as the "Protocol of Canberra"--was developed(More)
This paper presents the methodology developed to collect, understand and merge viewpoints coming from different stakeholders in order to build a shared and formal representation of the studied system dealing with groundwater management in the low-lying atoll of Tarawa (Republic of Kiribati). The methodology relies on three successive stages. First, a Global(More)
In the Sahel, the question of interactions between rangeland herding practices and the environment lies at the heart of the debate concerning sustainable development (Milleville 1989 and 1992, Bernus 1990, Behnke and Scoones 1992, Claude et al.1991, Boutrais 1992, Blanc-Pamard and Boutrais 1994, Collectif 1995, Thebaut 1990 and 1995). There is disagreement(More)
This article addresses the question of how to design participation processes in water management and other fields. Despite a lot of work on participation, and especially its evaluation, this question has received little attention in the research literature. However, it is important, because previous research has made it clear that participation may yield(More)
Role-playing games, jointly used with agent-based simulations, are helpful to create dialogue between stakeholders. This paper presents two case-studies using these adaptive tools collectively designed by the stakeholders involved in collective decision making processes dealing with renewable resources management. The modelling approach is efficient to(More)
The participatory modelling method described here focuses on how to enable stakeholders to incorporate their own perception of environmental uncertainty and how to deal with it to design innovative environmental policies. This "self-design" approach uses role playing games and agent based modelling to let participants design their own conceptual framework,(More)
Over the centuries, local communities have shaped atypical rules to deal with the uncertainty of their environment. They have developed complex prototypes for flexible overlapping institutions and arrangements to adapt their rules and uses to their uncertain environment. Today, this indigenous way of flexibly institutionalizing access rules could provide(More)