Adaptive management of social-ecological systems: the path forward

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Abstract

Adaptive management remains at the forefront of environmental management nearly 40 years after its original conception, largely because we have yet to develop other methodologies that offer the same promise. Despite the criticisms of adaptive management and the numerous failed attempts to implement it, adaptive management has yet to be replaced with a better alternative. The concept persists because it is simple, allows action despite uncertainty, and fosters learning. Moving forward, adaptive management of social-ecological systems provides policymakers, managers and scientists a powerful tool for managing for resilience in the face of uncertainty.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Adaptive management of social-ecological systems: the path forward
DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9682-8
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Seattle
Description 8 p.
First page 255
Last page 262
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N