Stream: Participatory Modelling and Stakeholder Involvement


E3. Understanding human-environment interactions through modelling and stakeholder participation: integrating models and stakeholders
Joerg Krywkow, Pieter Valkering, Francois Bousquet, Marjolijn Haasnoot, Geeske Scholz, Alexey Voinov, Heleen Vreugdenhil

Understanding human-environment interactions is vital for developing more robust, flexible, and pro-active environmental policy. To this end, there is much interest in integrated modelling, assuming that linking models, modules, and components produces more functionality and better understanding of human-environment processes. At the same time participatory model development involving stakeholders has become a quasi standard approach in environmental modelling.
Participatory modelling may be considered as an approach to integrate the knowledge of stakeholders with expert knowledge. Whereas computer modelling provides formalism, and the inclusion of the (prevailingly quantitative) scientific 'facts'; stakeholder participation introduces (often qualitative) lay-knowledge and subjective stakeholder perspectives on the issues of concern. Notably, stakeholder participation is supportive to understand possible human response to environmental, societal, economic and technical development.

In this workshop, we share experiences in approaches that combine modelling efforts such as ABM or system dynamics models, etc. with stakeholder participation to examine human-environment interactions including serious or policy gaming, scenario development (like the 'storyline and simulation' approach), participatory or companion modelling, and group model building. We discuss problems and challenges associated with combining various forms of knowledge (personal experience, group preferences, expert opinion, science-based knowledge, etc.). We welcome papers about diverse case studies pertaining to various application domains, geographical regions and scales.

Particular questions to be addressed are:

  • How can software tools in general and model integration tools in particular (including various levels of complexity and user-friendliness ranging from icon-based system dynamics tools to detailed GCMs) be coupled to assist stakeholder participation and knowledge integration?
  • How to design and plan interactions among stakeholders and models? How to integrate stakeholder knowledge of various levels of complexity and detail, ranging from lay person's opinions to informed expert opinion (for example through individual stakeholder consultation, stakeholder workshops, or through the Internet)?
  • How to validate the observed human-environment dynamics, for example, through a cross comparison with historical cases stakeholder consultation, or a triangulation of methods - and what are quality criteria for the knowledge produced?
  • How to promote produced knowledge in the policy arena? How can this knowledge contribute to societal learning (for example through the participation of decision makers or the public at large, or other knowledge dissemination activities)?
  • How to package and present insights in a way that they are useful and informative to participants and decision makers?
  • What type of policy relevant insights emerge from these studies into the nature of human-environment interaction?

This workshop is linked with session E2.

Workshop input by S. Sieber et al.

For further information, please contact Joerg Krywkow (jkrywkow (at)


E4. Community mapping and empowerment - A hands-on workshop/tutorial with actual village data and simplified villageQGIS software
Nagesh Kolagani

The goal of the workshop is to give participants an understanding of what the map requirements of village communities are for carrying out participatory watershed management and how to meet these requirements.

Participants will be given actual sample data of various village features (spatial GPS data and non-spatial attribute data). Using our open source simplified 'villageQGIS' software, they will prepare maps and then try to generate various views that might interest a village audience to visualize and participate better.

Further information as basis for discussion: workshop presentation and workshop report.