Experimental Games; Groundwater; Collective Action; India; Stakeholder Engagement; Water Management

Playing Games to Save Water: Collective Action Games for Groundwater Management in India

Groundwater is one of the most challenging common pool resources to govern, resulting in resource depletion in many areas. We present an innovative use of collective action games to not only measure propensity for collective action, but to improve local understanding of groundwater interrelationships and stimulate collective governance of groundwater, based on a pilot study with NGOs in Andhra Pradesh, India. The games simulate crop choice and consequences for the aquifer.