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Dr Olivier Barreteau is a water scientist, currently with the Cemagref Irrigation Research Unit. After a PhD with Cirad on Multi-Agent Systems applied to study co-ordination among farmers in irrigated systems of Senegal river middle valley, he is now focusing his research on negotiation support tools, notably Agent Based Models and Role-Playing Games, for local and negotiated water basin management.

Cemagref, UR Irrigation
361, rue J.-F. Breton
BP 5035
34033 Montpellier Cedex

e-mail: olivier.barreteau@cemagref.fr

Dr Christophe Le Page is an agronomist working for the "Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement" (CIRAD), in Montpellier (France). He is a member of the Green Research Unit, which is promoting a companion modelling approach for natural resources management. With a background in fish population dynamics, he has progressively specialized in building agent-based models to simulate the interplay between ecological and social dynamics in ecosystems holding renewable resources used or managed by different categories of stakeholders. He is participating in the development of the CORMAS platform, with a special interest on spatial aspects. He is also involved in several training courses introducing the usefulness of ABM for the simulation of agro-ecosystems.

Cirad, Land and Resources Programme
34398 Montpellier Cedex 5

e-mail: christophe.le_page@cirad.fr
web: http://cormas.cirad.fr

Patrick D'Aquino is Director of Research in social geography. For ten years he focused on the conception of supports (not only tools) to accompany (not supply solutions) decentralized processes within land use planning, specially about common resources (pastures, lands, water). His concern is to reconcile social geography and the development of technical tools adapted to local stakes and constraints. Focused on social processes and local knowledge for the management of common resources, he studied and assisted local organizations that were implementing and regulating land use rights in the Sahelian zone of Africa. Now, he spreads his approach on Pacific areas. He works on geographic and others participatory modelling tools (maps, GIS, ABM) and on novel planning practices to support local organizations and social dynamics. He is specially interested in supports allowing people to progress in the inter-connection between local and global decision processes.

IAC, BP 06
98 825 Pouembout
Nouvelle Calédonie

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