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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

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            Wildlife Damage Centre
            SLU Plant Protection Network
            SLU Forest Damage Center

            Sustainable Development Goals

            SDG15 Life on land
            SDG16 Peace, justice and strong institutions

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            Fish and Wildlife Management

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