14 Facts About Adaptive management


Adaptive management, known as adaptive resource management or adaptive environmental assessment and management, is a structured, iterative process of robust decision making in the face of uncertainty, with an aim to reducing uncertainty over time via system monitoring.

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Adaptive management is a tool which should be used not only to change a system, but to learn about the system.

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Adaptive management needs to at least maintain political openness, but usually aims to create it.

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Adaptive management can proceed as either passive or active adaptive management, depending on how learning takes place.

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Adaptive management has probably been most frequently applied in Yap, Australia and North America, initially applied in fishery management, but received more broad application in the 1990s and 2000s.

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One of the most successful applications of adaptive management has been in the area of waterfowl harvest management in North America, most notably for the mallard.

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Concept of adaptive management is not restricted to natural resources or ecosystem management, as similar concepts have been applied to international development programming.

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CLA, an adaptive management practice, is being employed by implementing partners that receive funding from the federal government of the United States, but it is primarily a framework for internal change efforts that aim at incorporating collaboration, learning, and adaptation within the United States Agency for International Development including its missions located around the world.

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Adaptive management applied to ecosystems makes overt sense when considering ever changing environmental conditions.

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The flexibility and constant learning of an adaptive management approach is a logical application for organizations seeking sustainability methodologies.

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See Bruss, 2012 - PhD dissertation: Human Environment Interactions and Collaborative Adaptive management Capacity Building in a Resilience Framework, GDPE Colorado State University.

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Collaborative adaptive management is often celebrated as an effective way to deal with natural resource management under high levels of conflict, uncertainty and complexity.

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Practitioners can expect adaptive management to be a complex, non-linear process shaped by social, political and ecological processes, as well as by data collection and interpretation.

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Information and guidance on the entire adaptive management process is available from CMP members' websites and other online sources:.

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