ZimFlores (version 4) is the outcome of a participatory modelling process and seeks to provide a shared factual basis for exploring land-use options for the communal lands surrounding the Mafungautsi forest. The ZimFlores experience underscores the importance of a sharing a common problem and a common location in which all participants have an interest. Participatory modelling has proved an effective way to consolidate a diverse body of knowledge and make it accessible. Results demonstrate the importance of model outputs that are diagnostic, and which offer insights into the issues under consideration.
Prabhu, R.; Haggith, M.; Mudavanhu, H.; Muetzelfeldt, R.; Standa-Gunda, W.; Vanclay, J. K. ZimFlores: a model to advise co-management of the Mafungautsi forest in Zimbabwe. Small-scale Forest Economics, Management and Policy (2003) 2 (2) 185-210.