Adaptive management is the recommended means for continuing management and use of natural resources, especially in the context of 'integrated natural resource management'. It is defined by learning from past management actions to use the gained experience for future planning and management. However, adaptive management has proved difficult to achieve in practice. With a view to facilitating better practice, this new handbook combines the latest in adaptive management theory with detailed case studies, to provide managers with ready access to relevant information.
Case studies are drawn from a number of fields, including wilderness, marine fisheries, sustainable farming, freshwater rivers, watersheds, forests, biodiversity and pests. They also cover a variety of scales, from individual farms, through regional projects, to state-wide decision making, and come from across the world, including examples from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, the UK, Europe and South Africa.
Acknowledgements.- Author biographies.- Section I: Understanding adaptive management. 1. Introduction; G. Stankey, C. Allan.- 2. Components of Adaptive Management; R.M. Argent.- Section II: Varying contexts. 3. Lessons learned from adaptive management practitioners in British Columbia, Canada; A. Smith.- 4. Using adaptive management to meet multiple goals for flows along the Mitta Mitta River in south-eastern Australia; C. Allan et al.- 5. Adaptive management of a sustainable wildlife enterprise trial in Australia's Barrier Ranges; P. Ampt et al.- 6. Learning about the social elements of adaptive management in the South Island tussock grasslands of New Zealand; W. Allen, C. Jacobson.- 7. Kuka Kanyini, Australian Indigenous adaptive management; G. Wilson, M. Woodrow.- 8. Crisis as a positive factor in implementing adaptive management after the Biscuit fire, Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.; B.T. Bormann, G.H. Stankey.- Section III: Tools for adaptive management. 9. Modelling and adaptive environmental management; T. Jakeman et al.- 10. Lessons learned from a computer-assisted participatory planning and management process in the Peak District National Park, England; K. Hubacek, M. Reed.- 11. Signposts for Australian Agriculture; J. Chesson et al.- 12. Environmental Management Systems as adaptive natural resource management: case studies from agriculture; G. Wilson et al.- 13. The adaptive management system for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area - linking management planning with effectiveness evaluation; G. Jones.- Section IV: The importance of people. 14. Adaptive management of environmental flows -- 10 years on; T. Ladson.- 15. Collaborative learning as part of adaptive management of forests affected by deer; C. Jacobson et al.- 16. Effective leadership for adaptive management; L. Schultz, I.. Fazey.- 17. Institutionalising adaptive management: creating a culture of learning in New South Wales Parks and wildlife service; P. Stathis, C. Jacobson.- 18. Adaptive people for adaptive management; I. Fazey, L. Schultz.- Section V: Conclusion. 19. Synthesis of lessons; C. Allan, G. Stankey.-