Adaptive management of social-ecological systems

Craig R. Allen, Ahjond S. Garmestani

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55 Scopus citations


Adaptive management is an approach to managing social-ecological systems that fosters learning about the systems being managed and remains at the forefront of environmental management nearly 40 years after its original conception. Adaptive management persists because it allows action despite uncertainty, and uncertainty is reduced when learning occurs during the management process. Often termed “learning by doing”, the allure of this management approach has entrenched the concept widely in agency direction and statutory mandates across the globe. This exceptional volume is a collection of essays on the past, present and future of adaptive management written by prominent authors with long experience in developing, implementing, and assessing adaptive management. Moving forward, the book provides policymakers, managers and scientists a powerful tool for managing for resilience in the face of uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages264
ISBN (Electronic)9789401796828
ISBN (Print)9789401796811
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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