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Sim Pachamama Simulation and Scenario Analysis_INESAD

  1. 1. SimPachamama Simulation and Scenario Analysis: Research for Policy Impact Dr. Lykke Andersen INESAD, La Paz, Bolivia February 18 – 20, 2015 Istanbul, Turkey
  2. 2. What is SimPachamama? • SimPachamama is an Agent Based simulation tool, which mimics the behavior of a small community located at the agricultural frontier. The user takes on the role of the mayor of the community, and the objective is to implement policies so as to improve human well-being as much as possible without destroying the environment.
  3. 3. Different types of mayors: • Passive, laissez-faire mayor: Doesn’t do anything – useful for creating the baseline simulation. • Greedy mayor: Wants to accumulate as much money as possible to use for his own personal benefit. • Softie green mayor: Pays people to conserve their forests. • Bad-ass green mayor: Taxes people who deforest. • Smart, benevolent, green mayor: Combines policies to maximize human well-being and minimize deforestation.
  4. 4. Warning: This is not professional game design! • But it is way easier to understand than this:.
  5. 5. Warning: This is not professional game design! • But it is way easier to understand than this:.
  6. 6. Policy initiative: • Tax deforestation in order to reduce deforestation and generate revenues to invest in environmentally sustainable economic activities – Eco-tourism – Forest product industries (wood, nuts, chocolate, handicrafts, …) – Urban activites • Important: Make sure that deforestation taxes are collected locally and can be used locally. Otherwise, local communities will not perceive any benefits from the deforestation tax and will thus oppose it violently.
  7. 7. Thank you! For more information: www.inesad.edu.bo/simpachamama landersen@inesad.edu.bo

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