A Behavioural Ecology Approach To Modelling Decision Making In Combined Economic And Ecological Systems.
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K.D. Famsworth, J. Beecham & D. Roberts
The development of a behavioural ecology approach to integrating decision- making, economic and ecological models, using an example of a development project in the mid-Zambezi valley in Africa is described. The objective of the approach is to provide a new research method which is compatible with those already familiar to ecologists, economists and social scientists and which is capable of describing complex interactions in anthropic-ecosystems to inform policy making. The approach allows for multi-factorial decision-making, based on information and subjective 'priority attitudes', as well as objective economic and ecological metrics, simulating 'quality of life'-based decisions in the context of'sustainability' in both an ecocentric and anthropocentric sense. In t