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

abstract

  • Participatory approaches to development in general and natural resource managementin particular are now a widely accepted management strategy. Multi-agent system(MAS), a computer-based tool, offers a promising approach for multi-stakeholdermanagement 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 otherstakeholders’ actions and decisions. This robust approach offers a convenient analyticalframework that can be used to simulate agents’ actions, reactions and interactions.The approach also provides an environment where strategies or multi-stakeholderforest management scenarios can be developed and analyzed. This paper describes aMAS model developed for a forest management unit located in East Kalimantan,Indonesia. Results and experience gained from the case study suggest that MAS is asuitable approach for developing multi-stakeholder forest management strategies

publication date

  • 2005
  • 2005