Effective conservation planning requires learning and adaptation

Grantham, Hedley, Bode, Michael, McDonald-Madden, Eve, Game, Edward T., Knight, Andrew T. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2010) Effective conservation planning requires learning and adaptation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8 8: 431-437. doi:10.1890/080151

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Author Grantham, Hedley
Bode, Michael
McDonald-Madden, Eve
Game, Edward T.
Knight, Andrew T.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title Effective conservation planning requires learning and adaptation
Journal name Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1540-9295
Publication date 2010-10
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1890/080151
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 8
Issue 8
Start page 431
End page 437
Total pages 7
Editor Sue Silver
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Conservation decisions often involve uncertainty about the underlying ecological and social systems and, in particular, how these systems will respond to the implementation of conservation actions. Future decision making can be improved by learning more about these systems and their responses to past conservation actions, by evaluating the performance of the actions being undertaken. This is a “passive” adaptive management approach to conservation. However, the purposeful and experimental application of different conservation actions can yield greater knowledge through more rapid and targeted learning. This is an “active” adaptive management approach to conservation. Improving future management decisions through learning should be viewed as essential to all conservation plans. Unfortunately, the incorporation of explicit learning processes within the greater framework of conservation planning processes is rare. Here, we provide an overview of factors to consider when attempting the implementation of an adaptive approach to conservation planning, along with ideas for future research.
© The Ecological Society of America
Keyword Coral-reef management
Adaptive management
Protected areas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 8 Sep 2009.

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