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Successes and failures to embed socioeconomic dimensions in integrated natural resource management modeling: Lessons from Thailand

Ekasingh, Benchaphun; Letcher, Rebecca

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This paper discusses the necessity, successes, and failures of attempts to embed socioeconomic aspects into integrated natural resource modeling. It examines experiences in Thailand over the past 20-30 years to illustrate advances and difficulties experienced in these attempts. The paper explores different approaches which are used to incorporate socioeconomic dynamic processes and impacts into integrated assessments. Lessons learnt from Thai experiences starting from systems approaches and...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorEkasingh, Benchaphun
dc.contributor.authorLetcher, Rebecca
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:38:50Z
dc.identifier.issn0378-4754
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/35973
dc.description.abstractThis paper discusses the necessity, successes, and failures of attempts to embed socioeconomic aspects into integrated natural resource modeling. It examines experiences in Thailand over the past 20-30 years to illustrate advances and difficulties experienced in these attempts. The paper explores different approaches which are used to incorporate socioeconomic dynamic processes and impacts into integrated assessments. Lessons learnt from Thai experiences starting from systems approaches and modeling agricultural and watershed management are reviewed. It is found that greater success has been experienced with the inclusion of agricultural and natural resource economists, who have experience dealing with quantitative methods and "hard" systems dynamics. The need for the "soft" side of assessment is recognized but is not easily realized. Failures to include other social science disciplines in integrated assessment have been caused by factors such as administrative boundaries, inadequate linkages between social theories and differences in agendas. Some modeling approaches, such as agent-based systems or multi-agent systems are well tuned to socioeconomic variables but their use by policy makers is still in experiment. Balancing "hard" and "soft" systems approaches will improve the relevance and validity of the models to solve agricultural and natural resource problems but this is still an art which requires patience and perseverance on the part of both the biophysical and social scientists involved.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceMathematics and Computers in Simulation
dc.subjectKeywords: Agricultural engineering; Economic and social effects; Geologic models; Problem solving; Watersheds; Integrated assessment; Natural resource management; Socioeconomic aspects; Watershed management; Natural resources management Integrated assessment; Modeling; Natural resource management; Socioeconomic aspects; Systems approach
dc.titleSuccesses and failures to embed socioeconomic dimensions in integrated natural resource management modeling: Lessons from Thailand
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume1
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor050209 - Natural Resource Management
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9205081xPUB130
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationEkasingh, Benchaphun, Chiang Mai University
local.contributor.affiliationLetcher, Rebecca, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue78
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage137
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage145
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.matcom.2008.01.006
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T10:11:03Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-43449084032
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