Symposium announcement and first call for papers
New insights from participatory modelling of interactions at the forest margin

Harare, Zimbabwe, 13-15 February 2002



An understanding of the interactions among diverse social and ecological factors is an essential prerequisite for those who wish to influence land use at forest margin, and the welfare of people who live there. The rich complexity of these interactions is a challenge for those who study communities at the forest margin. Participatory modelling offers one way to deal with the many disciplines and interactions involved, and has been greatly facilitated by modelling environments like Simile ( and Cormas ( However, innovative ideas and small-scale case studies are more conspicuous than success stories in which participatory modelling has lead to improvements in the well-being of rural communities. This symposium brings together practitioners to share experiences, document achievements and insights, and identify opportunities and obstacles for influential modelling processes. Specific emphasis will be given to the practical applications of these tools.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to participate in the Symposium, and are encouraged to register their interest (see below). All participants are encouraged to submit a paper for inclusion in the preceedings, and may be invited to give an oral or poster presentation. Selected papers will be refereed for journal publication. Abstracts should be submitted by 14 December 2001.
Full papers are required by 18 January 2002 for inclusion in the preceedings.



For further information, check our web site at
or contact Hilton Madevu ( or Fax +263 4 369657).
Please circulate this announcement to others who may be interested.

Jerry Vanclay, Southern Cross University, Australia
Ravi Prabhu, Center for International Forestry Research, Zimbabwe
Fergus Sinclair, University of Wales, United Kingdom

To register your interest, please provide the following details:
Do you wish to present a paper?
Title of proposed paper:
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Paper abstracts submitted:

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Scrooge or Santa? Or The Challenge of Scoping a Model of Livelihood Decision-Making at the Mafungautsi Forest Margins, Zimbabwe.
Mandy Haggith, Ravi Prabhu, Happyson Mudavanhu

Unlocking complexity : the importance of idealisation in simulation modelling
Mandy Haggith & Ravi Prabhu

Infectious Ideas: Modelling the diffusion of ideas across social networks
Mandy Haggith, Ravi Prabhu, Carol Colfer, Bill Ritchie, Alan Thomson and Happyson Mudavanhu

A System Dynamic Model for Creating Scenarios of a more Sustainable Forest Management: An East Kalimantan Case Study
Herry Purnomo, Ravi Prabhu and Stepi Hakim

CAMFLORES: A FLORES-Type Model for The Humid Forest Margin in Cameroon
Christopher Legg

Development of Multi-stakeholder Scenarios of Forest Management: A Multiagent System Simulation Approach
Herry Purnomo, Hari Priyadi, Yurdi Yasmi, Linda Yuliani and Ravi Prabhu

Developing a Collaborative Model for the Management of the Areas Surrounding Lumut Mountain: A Qualitative Systems Analysis Approach
Herry Purnomo, Yurdi Yasmi, Ravi Prabhu and Stepi Hakim

Social landscape and resources mapping
V.Robiglio, W. Mala, C.Diaw

Mapping landscape systems at different scales

The Simile visual modelling environment as a platform for FLORES
Robert I. Muetzelfeldt and Jasper Taylor

Beyond modeling: Using participatory modeling approaches as tools for group communication and social learning
Standa-Gunda W, Haggith M, Mutimukuru, T Nyirenda, and Prabhu R

Developing linkages between urban fuelwood demand and the environment: A bioeconomic systems model
Muyeye Chambwera

A Multi-Objective Analysis of Catchment Management Options in Chivi District, Southern Zimbabwe
Peter G.H. Frost, Witness Kozanayi and Osman Mubachi

Application of new tools: Exploring the synergies between simulation models and participatory research in smallholder farming systems?
John Dimes and Steve Twomlow