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 tool is intended to be used in training and consultation workshops about policies to reduce deforestation. The tool is available in both Spanish and English versions.


The objective of the project is to support the participatory development of fair and effective mechanisms for reducing deforestation and rural poverty, especially in Bolivia.

The REDD Dilemma

For some background information about the project, please watch this short project video:

Download and install SimPachamama

Step 1: Download and install NetLogo

In order to play with SimPachamama, you will need to install NetLogo. It is a free programming platform for Agent Based Modeling developed by Northwestern University and it can be downloaded here: Please follow the installation instructions provided on the NetLogo site.

Step 2: Download SimPachamama

Depending on your language and zip-preferences, download one of the following compressed files and save it to the folder where you wish to run SimPachamama:

– (Spanish)

– SimPachamamaEspanol1.1.tar.gz (Spanish)

– SimPachamamaEnglish1.1.tar.gz (English)

– SimPachamamaEspanol1.1.rar (Spanish)

– SimPachamamaEnglish1.1.rar (English)

Notice that these are compressed files which have to be saved and uncompressed before you can run them.

Step 3: Un-zip and run SimPachamama

Un-zip the saved file using your computer’s standard decompression software. This will result in a SimPachamamaEnglish1.1.nlogo file as well as some folders with data. Double-click on the nlogo file to open SimPachamama in NetLogo.

A SimPachamama’s Quick Guide can be found at:

The team behind SimPachamama:

SimPachamama online courses for students, teachers and professionals are also available:

If you have any questions or suggestions related to SimPachamamama or the process to develop fair and efficient mechanisms to reduce deforestation and rural poverty in Bolivia, do not hesitate to contact Lykke E. Andersen:

Financing and Execution

The SimPachamama project was financed by the British program called “Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation” (ESPA). It was carried out by a consortium of institutions consisting of London School of Economics, INESAD, Conservation International, SOAS and University of Sussex.

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