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CREAFTalks Saeed Harati: 'Encouraging stakeholder participation in action for sustainable development: insights from a simulation model'

Viernes, Julio 15, 2022 12:00-13:00 (CEST)

TITLE: "Encouraging stakeholder participation in action for sustainable development: insights from a simulation model"

DATE: Friday 15th July 2022.

TIME & FORMAT: form 12 to 1pm CET - Onsite and online. 

Seminars will combine online and onsite formats (CREAF, Sala Graus II, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) but in all cases, talks will be always streamed (not recorded), so they can be followed online. 

HOW TO CONNECT: direct link to Saeed Harati's conference.


"Governance for sustainable development faces many challenges. Firstly, we must gain insights about the problems at hand: trial and error may involve the risk of unexpected, irreversible adverse consequences, whereas lessons learned from small scale experiments may not be applicable in large-scale problems. Secondly, these problems are often multidisciplinary and comprised of components that have each been studied individually in a different discipline, but little information exists about their behavior together as a whole. Thirdly, we often have to involve stakeholders in management actions that are costly for participants, but financial incentives or enforcement of regulations often fail to work. In a series of works with my doctoral supervisors, Dr. Liliana Perez (Université de Montréal) and Dr. Roberto Molowny-Horas (CREAF), we addressed these challenges in an example case of forest disturbance control with an integrated approach. To avoid the problem of irreversible adverse effects and to allow repeated experiments, we used a simulation approach. To tackle the problem of multidisciplinarity, we coupled two independently developed models pertaining to social and ecological aspects of a phenomenon in such a way that the output of each model served as an input for the other. And to engage stakeholders, we proposed a scheme for promotion of environmentally responsible behavior by offering recognition to those who voluntarily perform such behavior. 

We conducted experiments in a hypothetical setting and under several scenarios. Our simulations show that, with an appropriate decision-making algorithm and with sufficient time for interaction between the government and the society, it is possible to create motivation for responsible behavior in the society. In other words, it is possible to encourage voluntary participation of stakeholders in action for sustainable development, without the need for the government to use financial incentives or impose its authority. These results may be applicable to other contexts (e.g. wildfires, pests, pollution) where an environmentally responsible behavior by individuals or companies is sought to mitigate the impact of a disturbance or to protect an ecological resource."

Saeed Harati received his BSc in mechanical engineering from University of Tehran and his first MSc in environmental engineering from Azad University-Tehran and worked several years in sustainable energy engineering and policy. Then he received his second MSc in environment and sustainable development and his PhD in geography from Université de Montréal. He applies methods of Artificial Intelligence together with existing knowledge in physical, ecological and social sciences to build models of complex systems that comprise problems encountered in the domain of sustainable development.

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CREAF Severo