Adaptive management

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Adaptive management is an approach to natural resource management that emphasizes learning through management where knowledge is incomplete, and when, despite inherent uncertainty, managers and policymakers must act. Unlike a traditional trial and error approach, adaptive management has explicit structure, including a careful elucidation of goals, identification of alternative management objectives and hypotheses of causation, and procedures for the collection of data followed by evaluation and reiteration. The process is iterative, and serves to reduce uncertainty, build knowledge and improve management over time in a goal-oriented and structured process.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Adaptive management
DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9682-8
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Seattle
Description 11 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Adaptive management of social-ecological systems
First page 1
Last page 10
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N