XMNR IR Project on Integrated Water Management in China

By: Courtney Kimmel

In Spring 2013, the XMNR 2012-2013 Cohort investigated the feasibility of developing and deploying an agent-based participatory model for the Erhai Lake Basin in Yunnan Province, China that would simulate real and relative social, economic, and ecological impacts of various development decisions for the immediate and broader region, with an emphasis on water quality and availability. The user interface for this simulation model would be designed as a “serious” game in order to actively engage a broad-based audience with the content, modeled  on The (Chesapeake) Bay Game developed by the University of Virginia’s Global Water Games program that assigns strategic stakeholder roles to players to simulate the impacts of various actual development scenarios at a sub-basin and eventually a full-basin scale.  The cohort of 21 professionals with wide-ranging but complementary professional and disciplinary backgrounds worked as a team for three months to conduct preliminary research and ten days of fieldwork in China to reach the conclusions and recommendations presented in this report.  [download id=”1694″]