Adaptive management of social-ecological systems: The path forward

Ahjond S. Garmestani, Craig R. Allen

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18 Scopus citations


Adaptive management remains at the forefront of environmental management nearly 40 years after its original conception, largely because we have yet to develop other methodologies that offer the same promise. Despite the criticisms of adaptive management and the numerous failed attempts to implement it, adaptive management has yet to be replaced with a better alternative. The concept persists because it is simple, allows action despite uncertainty, and fosters learning. Moving forward, adaptive management of social-ecological systems provides policymakers, managers and scientists a powerful tool for managing for resilience in the face of uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdaptive Management of Social-Ecological Systems
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789401796828
ISBN (Print)9789401796811
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Adaptive management
  • Natural resource management
  • Resilience
  • Social-Ecological systems
  • Uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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