How the serious game has the potential to mainstream Nexus and to make decision-makers understand the resource and supply conflicts
Despite the fact that experts of the Nexus Regional Dialogue Program were playing, it turned out to be more difficult than expected to settle on collaboration and resource protection. Vivid discussions and trade-offs in water, food and energy security in the context of environmental protection caused disagreements between the upstream and downstream countries. Irrational decision-making on a non-transboundary level due to time pressure and personal disagreements lead to frustration and unexpected effects in the neighbouring country as well as a reduced willingness for cooperation later on in the game. This showed that ensuring resource security of water, food and energy comes at a cost, which needs to be borne by all countries.
“It was a great experience. In only a few hours and in an exciting environment, the Nexus game lets you experience and appreciate the challenges, trade-offs, synergies, potential conflicts, but most of all the benefits of making decisions under a Nexus approach.”
- Antonio Levy, NRD Latin America and the Caribbean
Amanda Anthony, who facilitated the serious game for the NRD Team, states that it was especially designed for decision-makers on the ground. To get an insight on why and how it was developed, watch the video below. The next day was dedicated to a “train the trainer” workshop, were the members of the NRD got acquainted on how to moderate the game.
Further Information and Contact
Stephanie Bilgram, Nexus Regional Dialogus Programme
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