29-31 May 2013, Delft, The Netherlands

CD Symposium
Developing Capacity from Rio to Reality: Who's Taking the Lead?

Serious Gaming – Innovative Capacity Development?

The ever increasing complexity of water management, the challenge to deal with a multitude of (competing) interests, the need for stakeholder participation and mutual understanding, the system feedback mechanisms and the interdependence of different management interventions, all put a challenge to decision-making processes. Serious games are increasingly used to give insight to policy makers, managers and in fact the whole range of stakeholders and to support well-informed decision making processes. Serious games are developed by education as well as research institutes and specialised organisations. This session will exchange experience between developers and users and explore the following questions: i) what role can games play in capacity development and in water management? ii) how would games (need to) be designed and applied? iii) how can the potential of games be maximized and their use promoted? iv) what are e future developments in games?

Convening organisation
IHE Delft

Jetze Heun (IHE Delft)


  • Games in water management decision making processes
    Jeroen Warmerdam (Tygron Serious Gaming)
  • application/octet-stream Games in policy analysis and integrated water resources management
    Qiqi Zhou (TU Delft)
  • Aqua Republica – an online game on managing limited water resources for competing demands
    Chengzi Chew (Danish Hydraulic Institute)
  • Games for educational purposes
    Jetze Heun (IHE Delft)