Drawing on five detailed case studies from the American West, the authors explore and clarify how to expedite a transition toward adaptive governance and break the gridlock in natural resource policymaking. Unlike scientific management, which relies on science as the foundation for policies made through a central bureaucratic authority, adaptive governance integrates various types of knowledge and organizations. Adaptive governance relies on open decision-making processes recognizing multiple interests, community-based initiatives, and an integrative science in addition to traditional reductive science.
Case studies discussed include a program to protect endangered fish in the Colorado River with the active participation of water developers and environmentalists; a district ranger's innovative plan to manage national forestland in northern New Mexico; and how community-based forestry groups are affecting legislative change in Washington, D.C.
This guide should prove worthwhile for both public officials and private citizens. High Country News 10/3/05 Recommended. Choice 2/1/2006 Anyone interested in the use of ERD in environmental and natural resources management... will find these books useful. Perspectives on Polotics 3/1/2006 ...highly relevant in the context of the current search for effective guidance on participatory and deliberative policy-making... Local Government Studies Autumn 2006
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