CoMPAS is a simple simulation computer
game which models the coastal region management processes.
The game is designed for one participant and mainly
intended for those who professionally have to deal with
costal development management (e.g. for officials in
the administrations of coastal regions).
The game introduces the participants
to the sustainable development conception and to sustainable
management principles for the social and economic development
of costal regions.
The player acts as head of a costal region
administration with a wide latitude in budgetary decision
making. For the region he/she governs in the game, a
set of economic activities is given which usually can
be found in such regions. For all these activities the
regionís natural resources are exploited to a certain
degree. Those resourcesí specific character is conditioned
by their main ecosystem resource; the contact zone of
water and land.
The time advances in the game by one year
steps. In order to achieve the highest possible learning
effect the player must play through a long time period,
at least twenty years.
The goal is to ensure a sustainable development
for the modeled region. This is achieved by maintaining
a satisfactory ecological situation in the region, a
preservation of the natural resources, along with achieving
high figures in social and economic development.
The simple mathematic model underlying the
game allows to reflect the economic activity
in the coastal region, as well as ecologic and social
consequences of the decisions taken by the game participants.