Adaptive Management: The U.S. Department of the Interior Applications Guide

Williams, B.K. and E.D. Brown

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This applications guide builds on the framework of the DOI Adaptive Management Technical Guide (2007), which describes adaptive management in terms of learning-based management of natural resources. In this guide, we use case studies to show how adaptive management can be used for both management and learning. We focus on practical applications in the areas of importance to DOI managers – climate change, water, energy, and human impacts on the landscape. We present adaptive management as a form of structured decision making, with an emphasis on the value of reducing uncertainty over time in order to improve management. The first half of the guide covers the foundations and challenges of adaptive management, and the second half documents examples that illustrate the components of adaptive management.

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Technical Document

U.S. Department of the Interior