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the Texas Water Game

UVA and Philippe Cousteau's Azure Worldwide are collaborating with The Nature Conservancy to develop a large-scale computer simulation game based on a major Texas watershed. The Texas Water Game will highlight water issues unique to Texas, including water conservation and water sharing, with participants taking on the roles of regional stakeholders. The game is the latest project in the UVA and Azure Worldwide's Global Water Games initiative, which has produced a Chesapeake Bay watershed simulation and numerous national and international collaborations. The Texas Water Game will engage


stakeholders from multiple sectors - government, business, civic and community-based organizations, agriculture, nonprofit conservation, and universities - in identifying and sharing strategies for watershed conservation and water sharing. The Texas Water Game project will help set new directions for multiple-sector collaborations in local watersheds.

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The project is an outgrowth of the UVA Bay Game, a large-scale interactive game simulation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed first developed in 2008. The Global Water Games platform allows players to take on the roles of various stakeholders in a given watershed, such as farmers, ranchers, developers, industry leaders and policymakers, and explore how their decisions affect the health and economy of the watershed. Simulation games can demonstrate to players how stakeholders with sometimes competing interests can collaboratively solve complex problems involving sustainability.

The Global Water Games Initiative is a collaboration between UVA and Azure Worldwide, a strategic environmental design, development and marketing company co-founded by Cousteau


and Snowhite. The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to protect the most ecologically important lands and waters around the world for nature and people.

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Data on the Chesapeake Bay is collected, visualized, and used to determine outcomes during game-play events.

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