Group Model Building
In January 2014 the Provincie of Noord-Brabant and the Radboud University Nijmegen organised a short series of workshops focusing on the instrument of Group Model Building. Group Model Building is a form of group decision making support, in which stakeholders work together in order to solve a specific problem within a complex system.
As a pilot for the other WaterCoRe regions, the instrument was applied to the regional case of the Deltaplan Hoge Zandgronden (The Netherlands).
The aim of the pilot was to analyse water scarcity in Noord-Brabant, based on an integrated model of natural and human systems, which is developed together with major stakeholders. Through the use of Group Model Building a joint understanding is achieved, leading to more consensus about the nature of the issue. The resulting model additionally provides the opportunity to test policies and support further policy design.