Uncertainty is a pervasive feature in natural resource management. Adaptive management, an approach that focuses on identifying critical uncertainties to be reduced via diagnostic management experiments, is one favored approach for tackling this reality. While adaptive management is identified as a key method in the environmental management toolbox, there… CONTINUE READING
Fig. 2. Decision tree for evaluating adaptive management. Evaluation begins on the left progressing towards the right in order to establish the suitability of AM application, its feasibility, and its ultimate success. Stage 1 relates solely to the goal of reducing ecological uncertainty and the appropriateness of using AM to attain that goal. Stage 2 emphasizes the need to consider the feasibility of AM in terms of resource constraints as well as the specific social, political, and institutional context of management. Alternatives to AM are likely to be conventional resource management methods and/or tools specifically intended to resolve political, social, or institutional obstacles to successful resource management. Stage 3 indicates where AM may be legitimately evaluated.