Water Games

Water Games is a joint initiative of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Centre for Systems Solutions to celebrate the World Water Day.

We have collected and described a number of different games addressing different water challenges. These games differ with respect to time required to play, a number of participants, type (computer, board, or role-play).

We hope that you find a game that you can use and organize a session for other participants that you invite.

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Centre for Systems Solutions
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
UN Water 22 March World Water Day logo

World Water Day

Water Games is a joint initiative of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Centre for Systems Solutions to celebrate the World Water Day.

We have collected and described a number of different games addressing different water challenges. These games differ with respect to time required to play, a number of participants, type (computer, board, or role-play). We hope that you find a game that you can use and organize a session for other participants that you invite.

We would be delighted to hear from you more about your experiences - please share with us descriptions and pictures from your event!

Water games

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Nexus! Challenge

Responsible production. Board game. 2 hours. In the Nexus! Challenge you can play a country or company and face obstacles to explore the resilience of the energy-food-water nexus.
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Game of Floods

Game of Floods

Sustainable cities and communities. Clean Water and Sanitation. Board Game. 1 hour. In the Game of Floods, players take into their hands a future of a hypothetical Marin Island.
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River Basin Game

Responsible Consumption and Production. Clean Water. 2 hours and more. In the River Basin Game, players become farmers whose main goal is to increase their income to maintain the wellbeing of their families.
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New Shores

New Shores: a Game for Democracy

Climate change. Democracy. Online game. More than 2 hours. New Shores is an multiplayer game that takes players on a quest to settle on a green island.
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The World's Future

The World’s Future

Social simulation. 5-6 hours. 11-44 players. THE WORLD’S FUTURE game is an interactive role-playing simulation game which enables players to face the great challenges of our time.
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Nexus Game

Nexus Game

Energy. Simulation. Water and energy. 2 hours and more. The Nexus Game gives participants a unique opportunity to get an insight into managing the water needs of energy production.
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Lords of the Valley

Lords of the Valley the board game (Wladcy Doliny)

Biodiversity. Board game. 2 hours and more. Role-playing simulation board game that takes place in the valley of the river exposed to unexpected droughts and floods.
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Flood Resilience Game

Water and Sanitation. Board game. Role-playing game. 2 hours and more. Experience, explore, and learn about the flood risk and resilience of communities in river valleys.
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Games4Sustainability Gamepedia

Sustainable Delta

Water management. Policy exercise. 2 hours and more. Develop a sustainable water management plan for a river delta.
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Darfur is Dying

Darfur is Dying

Water. Refugees. Flash game. 15-30 minutes. Darfur is Dying is a narrative-based simulation game, where player takes a role of a displaced Darfurian living in a refugee camp.
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AWQUA

AWQA Water

Water. Water pollution. Flash game. 30-60 minutes. During the games, users will learn how lake health is closely related to the concentration of the nutrients phosphorous and nitrogen in the water.
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Forest@Risk

Forest@Risk

Disaster risk. Mobile and PC. Multiplayer. 1-2 hours. Interactive online game that introduces players to the sustainable management of natural resources, and how important are internal agreements and trust in order to achieve this goal. Strategic and leadership skills.
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We would be delighted to hear from you more about your experiences - please share with us descriptions and pictures from your event! We can publish it on our blog like the posts below!

Posts about water games

Water Games for World Water Day 2018

Water Games for World Water Day 2018

With water covering more than 70% of the Earth’s surface and making up nearly 60% of human body, this valuable
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Nexus! Challenge with Herman van der Meyden

Nexus! Challenge with Herman van der Meyden

We talked with Herman van der Meyden from The Perspectivity Challenge. Read the interview to check what one of the developers of the Nexus! Challenge game thinks about the potential of games to tackle urgent global challenges.
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Coasting through environmental changes

Coasting through environmental change?

A sea level rise, increased severity of storms, and coral bleaching are only a few of the changes anticipated for islands in the Caribbean, and these have direct implications for coastal tourism.
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Games and groundwater governance

Groundwater governance

Groundwater management becomes more and more pressing issue for many communities. Can games be used to tackle these dilemmas?
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Being sustainable in the Lords of the Valley

Playing the Lords of the Valley

It is time to get in touch with our children and talk about what they think is important. In order to do this, we used a serious game.
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Nexus Game

Why Nexus Game is more than a game?

Nexus Game is bound to engage and to intensify learning effect. So, if you want to learn, you know what to do: start playing!
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Celebrating with Water Games

Celebrating WWD17 with Water Games

Fresh water, the resource that is not only essential to life but, to some inhabitants of our planet, unfortunately hardly accessible.
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World Water Day 2017 will remind you about the wastewater

WWD17 is all about wastewater

What is a WWD17? What is hiding under the Wastewater slogan? Find answers to those questions and more about Water Games initiative!
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Three reasons to play water management games

Why play water management games?

You might need some good arguments to convince your boss to play games for and during your work. Three reasons to play water games!
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Valley

Thoughts after Lords of the Valley Game Session

We played Lords of the Valley game with a group of students and professors connected with natural sciences field of study.

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Flood Resilience Game

How game can help flood-prone communities

The Flood Resilience Game is a simulation designed to help flood-prone communities to discover strategies which improve flood resilience.
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World Water Day

Games at the World Water Day

We believe, we can reinforce the key messages of World Water Day 2016 – “Better water, better jobs” – using serious games.
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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Centre for Systems Solutions promote and apply the systems approach, in research and policy, in order to understand and solve complex problems at different scales. Serious games are innovative, participatory tools that can support finding solutions for important water problems. They can also support education on water issues in an engaging and accessible way.