Prediction Tool Puts Development in Hands of Locals

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 24, 2004   View Article

Indonesia’s poorest province, Papua, is a natural-resource trove that is both awaiting exploitation and begging for protection.

Conservationists hope an innovative software program will help residents guide the province to sustainable development. The program essentially allows local people to predict the effects of their civic decisions—whether to sell off local forests, whether to ban women from schools, and so on—on their communities.

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