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Developing multi-stakeholder forest management scenarios: a multi-agent system simulation approach applied in Indonesia

Developing multi-stakeholder forest management scenarios: a multi-agent system simulation approach applied in Indonesia

Participatory approaches to development in general and natural resource management
in particular are now a widely accepted management strategy. Multi-agent system
(MAS), a computer-based tool, offers a promising approach for multi-stakeholder
management systems such as the case involving community-managed resources.
MAS provides a framework where stakeholders’ (or agents) individual actions,
behaviors and rational decisions can be analyzed in the context of the other
stakeholders’ actions and decisions. This robust approach offers a convenient analytical
framework that can be used to simulate agents’ actions, reactions and interactions.
The approach also provides an environment where strategies or multi-stakeholder
forest management scenarios can be developed and analyzed. This paper describes a
MAS model developed for a forest management unit located in East Kalimantan,
Indonesia. Results and experience gained from the case study suggest that MAS is a
suitable approach for developing multi-stakeholder forest management strategies.

Authors: Purnomo, H.; Mendoza, G.A.; Prabhu, R.; Yasmi, Y.

Topic: models,forest management,community forestry,community involvement,participation,planning,case studies,computer simulation

Geographic: Indonesia,East Kalimantan

Publication Year: 2005

ISSN: 1389-9341

Source: Forest Policy and Economics 7(4): 475-491


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