How it all started

The Conservation Game is based on a planning game on forest conservation which is part of the curricula of the post-graduate training program on international cooperation at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik. The Initial game was advanced by Jonas Hein based on insights gained through empirical research on agrarian conflicts and adopted for undergraduate and graduate study programs (e.g. Geography at the University of Göttingen and Sustainability, Society and the Environment at Kiel University).

first game plan mockup

During the winter semester 2020/ 2021 a group of Geography students at Kiel University led by Jonas Hein started to develop a new planning game simulating a stakeholder participation process in the context of an environmental conflict in a fictious coastal area. The game aims to improve our understanding of trade-offs, power asymmetries, and actors in environmental planning conflicts. The development of the game was supported by Jörn Schmidt (Center for Ocean and Society at Kiel University), Einhard Schmidt-Kallert (TU Dortmund), Yvonne Kunz (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies), Julia Preuß (Kiel University) and students of the module “Socio-environmental conflicts” of the study program Sustainability, Society and the Environment at Kiel University and the PERLE team at Kiel University.