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11/11/2014

When: 11/11/2014
13:00
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Pl
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6C 0C3
Canada
Contact:
Susan Clark

Phone: 585-709-1366

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Online registration is available until: 11/11/2014
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One of the classic environmental dilemmas is the Tragedy of the Commons, where individuals acting independently and rationally deplete a common resource, despite their understanding that it is not in the group’s long term best interest to do so.  This problem describes the overexploitation of ‘common pool resources’ such as fisheries, national parks, and global warming. Now, attendees at SETAC Vancouver will have the opportunity to personally experience a virtual Tragedy of the Commons by taking part in The Sustainability Games Workshop and playing the Pisces Game.

The Pisces Game simulates the Tragedy of the Commons problem occurring in places like Lake Victoria -- the second largest freshwater lake in the world.  Abutted by Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, Lake Victoria was once supplied fisherman with an abundance of fish to catch, sell, and eat – but now is threatened by overfishing. For example, the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) estimates that stocks of Nile perch have decreased over the past decade from 1.9 million tons to only 600,000 tons in 2009, causing severe negative ramifications in the local economy.

For more information on the Working Groups Sustainability game, please visit: http://www.setac.org/members/group.aspx?id=123085 or to register, please visit: http://www.setac.org/events/Sessions.aspx?id=465924.

 
 

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