What are the alternatives to adaptive management for the restoration of jeopardized ecosystems?

January 13, 2017

Natural resource agencies in the United States have traditionally favored adaptive management, a process emphasizing experimental learning to reduce uncertainty, to restore damaged ecosystems. However, empirically, these restoration efforts tend to rarely, truly reduce uncertainty and shift responsibility for implementation failures to agency organizational issues. In her new published first year paper, Kelly Heber Dunning’s (EPP PhD ’16) draws upon policy implementation theory to suggest behaviors and attitudes of individual actors may better explain implementation gaps. To read the full article, "Missing the trees for the forest? Bottom-up policy implementation and adaptive management in the US natural resource bureaucracy" in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, please click here