The first journal article describing and documenting our educational simulation tool, SimPachamama, was published today in the journal Ecological Economics. The full article, written by INESAD’s senior researcher Lykke E. Andersen and her colleagues at London School of Economics, University of Sussex and Conservation International, can be downloaded for free for the next 50 days using this link:
The official academic reference for SimPachamama is thus:
Andersen, Lykke E., Ben Groom, Evan Killick, Juan Carlos Ledezma, Charles Palmer, Diana Weinhold (2017) “Modelling Land Use, Deforestation, and Policy: A Hybrid Optimisation-Heterogeneous Agent Model with Application to the Bolivian Amazon,” Ecological Economics, 135: 76-90. ISSN 0921-8009, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.12.033.
SimPachamama is an Agent Based simulation tool, which mimics the behavior of a small community located at the agricultural frontier. The user takes on the role of the mayor of the community, and the objective is to implement policies so as to improve human well-being as much as possible without destroying the environment.
The simulation tool can be downloaded for free from the SimPachamama page, which also provides links to online courses for teachers and students who wish to use the tool in environmental economics classes.