Adaptive Management of Social-Ecological Systems

  • Craig R. Allen
  • Ahjond S. Garmestani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Craig R. Allen, Ahjond S. Garmestani
    Pages 1-10
  3. C. S. Holling, Shana M. Sundstrom
    Pages 11-25
  4. Melinda Harm Benson, Courtney Schultz
    Pages 39-59
  5. Fred A. Johnson, Byron K. Williams
    Pages 61-84
  6. Brian C. Chaffin, Hannah Gosnell
    Pages 85-105
  7. Nicholas A.J. Graham, Christina C. Hicks
    Pages 123-146
  8. Christo Fabricius, Bianca Currie
    Pages 147-179
  9. Carol L. Murray, David R. Marmorek, Lorne A. Greig
    Pages 181-199
  10. Jim Berkley, Lance Gunderson
    Pages 201-216
  11. Byron K. Williams, Fred A. Johnson
    Pages 217-233
  12. Derek Armitage, Steven Alexander, Mark Andrachuk, Samantha Berdej, Thomas Dyck, Prateep Kumar Nayak et al.
    Pages 235-254
  13. Ahjond S. Garmestani, Craig R. Allen
    Pages 255-262
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 263-264

About this book


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.


Adaptive co-managment Adaptive governance Adaptive management Natural resource managment Resilience

Editors and affiliations

  • Craig R. Allen
    • 1
  • Ahjond S. Garmestani
    • 2
  1. 1.Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife UResearch Unit-USGSUniversity of NebraskaLincolnUSA
  2. 2.Office of Research and DevelopmentU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyCincinnatiUSA

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