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Strategy games to improve environmental policymaking

Claude A. Garcia (), Sini Savilaakso, René W. Verburg, Natasha Stoudmann, Philip Fernbach, Steven A. Sloman, Garry D. Peterson, Miguel B. Araújo, Jean-François Bastin, Jürgen Blaser, Laurence Boutinot, Thomas W. Crowther, Hélène Dessard, Anne Dray, Scott Francisco, Jaboury Ghazoul, Laurène Feintrenie, Etienne Hainzelin, Fritz Kleinschroth, Babak Naimi, Ivan P. Novotny, Johan Oszwald, Stephan A. Pietsch, Fabien Quétier, Brian E. Robinson, Marieke Sassen, Plinio Sist, Terry Sunderland, Cédric Vermeulen, Lucienne Wilmé, Sarah J. Wilson, Francisco Zorondo-Rodríguez and Patrick O. Waeber ()
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Claude A. Garcia: University of Applied Sciences, Berne
Sini Savilaakso: Liljus Ltd
René W. Verburg: Utrecht University
Natasha Stoudmann: University of Tasmania
Philip Fernbach: University of Colorado
Steven A. Sloman: Brown University
Garry D. Peterson: Stockholm University
Miguel B. Araújo: National Museum of Natural Sciences, CSIC
Jean-François Bastin: Université de Liège
Jürgen Blaser: University of Applied Sciences, Berne
Laurence Boutinot: CIRAD, UPR Forêts et Sociétés
Thomas W. Crowther: ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
Hélène Dessard: CIRAD, UPR Forêts et Sociétés
Anne Dray: ETH Zürich
Scott Francisco: Pilot Projects Design Collective
Jaboury Ghazoul: ETH Zürich
Laurène Feintrenie: CIRAD, UPR Forêts et Sociétés
Etienne Hainzelin: CIRAD
Fritz Kleinschroth: ETH Zürich
Babak Naimi: University of Helsinki
Ivan P. Novotny: ETH Zürich
Johan Oszwald: Université de Rennes 2
Stephan A. Pietsch: IIASA (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis), ASA (Advancing Systems Analysis) Program, EM (Exploratory Modelling) of Human Natural Systems
Fabien Quétier: Biotope
Brian E. Robinson: McGill University
Marieke Sassen: UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
Plinio Sist: CIRAD, UPR Forêts et Sociétés
Terry Sunderland: University of British Columbia
Cédric Vermeulen: Université de Liège
Lucienne Wilmé: World Resources Institute Africa
Sarah J. Wilson: University of Connecticut
Francisco Zorondo-Rodríguez: Universidad Santiago de Chile
Patrick O. Waeber: ETH Zürich

Nature Sustainability, 2022, vol. 5, issue 6, 464-471

Abstract: Abstract While the scientific community documents environmental degradation and develops scenarios to identify the operational margins of system Earth, less attention is given to how decisions are made that steer the system in one direction or the other. We propose to use strategy games for this purpose, increasing the representation of human agency in scenario development and creating spaces for deliberation between different worldviews. Played by the right people, strategy games could help break free from established norms and support more transparent democratic dialogues, responding to the human and social limitations of current decision-making. The question is, who gets to play?

Date: 2022
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