Adaptive Environmental Management

A Practitioner's Guide

  • Catherine Allan
  • George H. Stankey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Understanding Adaptive Management

    1. George Stankey, Catherine Allan
      Pages 3-9
    2. Robert M. Argent
      Pages 11-36
  3. Varying Contexts

  4. Tools for Adaptive Management

  5. The Importance of People

    1. Chris Jacobson, Will Allen, Clare Veltman, Dave Ramsey, David M. Forsyth, Simon Nicol et al.
      Pages 275-294
    2. Lisen Schultz, Ioan Fazey
      Pages 295-303
    3. Ioan Fazey, Lisen Schultz
      Pages 323-338
  6. Conclusion

    1. Catherine Allan, George Stankey
      Pages 341-346
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 347-351

About this book


Adaptive management is the recommended means for continuing ecosystem management and use of natural resources, especially in the context of ‘integrated natural resource management’. Conceptually, adaptive management is simply learning from past management actions to improve future planning and management. However, adaptive management has proved difficult to achieve in practice.

With a view to facilitating better practice, this new book presents lessons learned from case studies, to provide managers with ready access to relevant information. Cases are drawn from a number of disciplinary fields, including management of protected areas, watersheds and farms, rivers, forests, biodiversity and pests. Examples from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, the UK and Europe are presented at a variety of scales, from individual farms, through regional projects, to state-wide planning.

While the book is designed primarily for practitioners and policy advisors in the fields of environmental and natural resource management, it will also provide a valuable reference for students and researchers with interests in environmental, natural resource and conservation management.


Adaptive governance Adaptive management Conservation Environmental Management Sustainable resource management biodiversity ecosystem environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Catherine Allan
    • 1
  • George H. Stankey
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Land, Water and SocietyCharles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia
  2. 2.Retired, USDA Forest ServicePacific Northwest Research StationCorvallisUSA

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