Development of Territories environmental business game tested by WWF in Altai
Development of Territories is a new ecological business game of the WWF-Russia developed in 2022. The game was tested by teachers and students of the Gnezdilov Polytechnic College of Altai Republic on November, 15 in Gorno-Altaisk. The participants created a model of a sustainable region, calculated effective strategies for the development of the subject from the point of view of government, community and business.
WWF developed the Development of Territories game as part of a program to educate young entrepreneurs about the basics of sustainable business. The Altai Republic was chosen as a testing region as the region has a high level of biodiversity and the significant number of WWF’s project.
During game testing, college students easily played the different roles - from a pensioner to a governor: community blamed the government, and business blamed community. However, by the end of the game, the participants learned to understand how coordinated decisions affect the development of the region when groups choose one direction of development, for example, tourism development, agriculture, etc. In addition, the participants' arguments became reasonable, balanced and coordinated, students learned to listen and hear. As a result, the game ended with a growing schedule for the development of a conditional territory.
of the WWF is the harmony of people and nature. And for the first game WWF
chose students whose view is just being formed. The game showed how important
it is for the development of the region and the improvement of the quality of
life to take into account a healthy environment and clean nature. Perhaps one
of these students will become an official, a businessman and retain these
skills, knowledge of how important it is to negotiate for the sustainable
development of regions,” says Natalya Trofimova, Director of the WWF
Representative Office in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion.