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Title: Adaptively Managing for Sustainable Resource Use: Challenges and Opportunities

Summary: Title: Adaptively Managing for Sustainable Resource Use: Challenges and
Evan G. Cooch
Department of Natural Resources
Cornell University
Abstract: Adaptive management, an increasingly important paradigm governing
the science, management and 'politics' of sustainable resource use, is broadly
framed as a sequential process that promotes flexible decision making that can
be adjusted in the face of uncertainties as outcomes from management actions
and other events become better understood. Careful monitoring of these
outcomes both advances scientific understanding and helps adjust policies or
operations as part of an iterative learning process. Adaptive management also
recognizes the importance of natural variability in contributing to ecological
resilience and productivity. It is not a `trial and error' process, but rather
emphasizes learning while doing, in a formal, rigorous framework where key
uncertainties and the bounds of the decision framework are explicit and
transparent. Adaptive management does not represent an end in itself, but rather
a means to more effective decisions and enhanced benefits. Its true measure is
in how well it helps meet environmental, social, and economic goals, increases
scientific knowledge, and reduces tensions among stakeholders. While there has


Source: Angenent, Lars T. - Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University


Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering