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Adaptive management

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A systematic process for continually improving management policies and practices by learning from the outcomes of previously employed policies and practices.

In active adaptive management, management is treated as a deliberate experiment for the purpose of learning.

Source: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
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In active adaptive management, managers design practices so as to discriminate between alternative models, and thus reveal the "best" management action. This sometimes involves testing practices that differ from "normal", in order to determine how indicators will respond over a range of conditions.

In passive adaptive management, managers select the "best" management option, assuming that the model on which the predictions are based is correct.

Both passive and active adaptive management require careful implementation, monitoring, evaluation of results, and adjustment of objectives and practices. Active adaptive management usually allows more reliable interpretation of results, and leads to more rapid learning.

Source: GreenFacts

Related words:

Adaptation - Adaptive capacity

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GreenFacts Summary on Ecosystem Change:

Translation(s):

Español: Gestión de adaptación
Français: Gestion adaptative

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