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Participatory modelling for the integrated sustainability assessment of water: The World Cellular Model and the MATISSE project

Tabara, J. David; Wallman, Patrik LU ; Elmqvist, Bodil LU ; Ilhan, Akgün; Madrid, Cristina; Olsson, Lennart LU ; Schilperoord, Michel; Valkering, Pieter and Weaver, Paul (2007)
Abstract
This paper describes the participatory process of developing and implementing a prototype model

aimed at supporting the Integrated Sustainability Assessment of water resources and policy options at

different scales. The model - called the World Cellular Model (WCM) focuses on the representation

of agents’ behaviours and their systemic relationships with their environment. This is achieved by

examining the interests, motives, cultural beliefs and structural resources that drive agents’ actions

with regard to the use of stocks and flows of water, by looking at the impact of such water behaviours

on the environment and on the natural ecosystems at different scales, and by examining in... (More)
This paper describes the participatory process of developing and implementing a prototype model

aimed at supporting the Integrated Sustainability Assessment of water resources and policy options at

different scales. The model - called the World Cellular Model (WCM) focuses on the representation

of agents’ behaviours and their systemic relationships with their environment. This is achieved by

examining the interests, motives, cultural beliefs and structural resources that drive agents’ actions

with regard to the use of stocks and flows of water, by looking at the impact of such water behaviours

on the environment and on the natural ecosystems at different scales, and by examining in a

coevolutionary way the impact of such environmental changes on the behaviours of agents. The WC

model takes a ‘total system’, multi-scale, agent perspective. That is, agents operate in a single

interrelated system in which each individual or collective agent responds to the availability and use of

a set of stocks and flows of rules and/or institutions (S), energy and resources (E), information and

knowledge (I) that in turn provokes environmental change (C) or impact on the social ecological

system. . This model is being developed together with the use of participatory Integrated Assessment

focus groups (IA-fgs) with real stakeholders to get insights about agents’ behaviours and the possible

architecture of the model so as to increase its socio-ecological robustness and policy relevance. Our

research is part of the EU funded project Matisse (Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability

Assessment). (Less)
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  abstract     = {This paper describes the participatory process of developing and implementing a prototype model<br/><br>
aimed at supporting the Integrated Sustainability Assessment of water resources and policy options at<br/><br>
different scales. The model - called the World Cellular Model (WCM) focuses on the representation<br/><br>
of agents’ behaviours and their systemic relationships with their environment. This is achieved by<br/><br>
examining the interests, motives, cultural beliefs and structural resources that drive agents’ actions<br/><br>
with regard to the use of stocks and flows of water, by looking at the impact of such water behaviours<br/><br>
on the environment and on the natural ecosystems at different scales, and by examining in a<br/><br>
coevolutionary way the impact of such environmental changes on the behaviours of agents. The WC<br/><br>
model takes a ‘total system’, multi-scale, agent perspective. That is, agents operate in a single<br/><br>
interrelated system in which each individual or collective agent responds to the availability and use of<br/><br>
a set of stocks and flows of rules and/or institutions (S), energy and resources (E), information and<br/><br>
knowledge (I) that in turn provokes environmental change (C) or impact on the social ecological<br/><br>
system. . This model is being developed together with the use of participatory Integrated Assessment<br/><br>
focus groups (IA-fgs) with real stakeholders to get insights about agents’ behaviours and the possible<br/><br>
architecture of the model so as to increase its socio-ecological robustness and policy relevance. Our<br/><br>
research is part of the EU funded project Matisse (Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability<br/><br>
Assessment).},
  author       = {Tabara, J. David and Wallman, Patrik and Elmqvist, Bodil and Ilhan, Akgün and Madrid, Cristina and Olsson, Lennart and Schilperoord, Michel and Valkering, Pieter and Weaver, Paul},
  keyword      = {Integrated Sustainability Assessment,water modelling,participation.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Working Paper},
  publisher    = {MATISSE project},
  title        = {Participatory modelling for the integrated sustainability assessment of water: The World Cellular Model and the MATISSE project},
  year         = {2007},
}