A game-structuring approach applied to estuary management in South Africa

J. H. Slinger, S. W. Cunningham, L. H. Hermans, S. M. Linnane, C. G. Palmer

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A game-structuring method is applied in a contested, real-world setting of estuary management in South Africa. The key activities undertaken in applying the six step game-structuring method are described and artefacts developed in the process are provided. Participants were readily able to identify strategic outcomes and payoffs in the case. Conversely, identifying actions in a well-timed sequence proved difficult. Choices to focus the discussion of actions on real-world biophysical and infrastructural interventions proved necessary for successful method application. The implications for method design and the challenges of using the game-structuring method as a mediating intervention form the subject of reflection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-363
Number of pages23
JournalEURO Journal on Decision Processes
Early online date21 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • problem structuring methods
  • water management
  • environmental negotiation
  • South Africa


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