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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2023

Understanding and overcoming obstacles in adaptive management

Mansson, Johan; Eriksson, Louise; Hodgson, Isla; Elmberg, Johan; Bunnefeld, Nils; Hessel, Rebecca; Johansson, Maria; Liljeback, Niklas; Nilsson, Lovisa; Olsson, Camilla; Part, Tomas; Sandstrom, Camilla; Tombre, Ingunn; Redpath, Steve M.


Adaptive management (AM) is widely promoted to improve management of natural resources, yet its implementation is challenging. We show that obstacles to the implementation of AM are related not only to the AM process per se but also to external factors such as ecosystem properties and governance systems. To overcome obstacles, there is a need to build capacities within the AM process by ensuring adequate resources, management tools, collaboration, and learning. Additionally, building capacities in the legal and institutional frames can enable the necessary flexibility in the governance system. Furthermore, in systems experiencing profound changes in wildlife populations, building such capacities may be even more critical as more flexibility will be needed to cope with increased uncertainty and changed environmental conditions.

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Trends in ecology & evolution
2023, Volume: 38, number: 1, pages: 55-71