Monitoring for Adaptive Management in Conservation Biology

Adaptive management is about systematically implementing management in order to achieve a desired outcome. In recent years, growing interest and effort has gone into measuring the conservation success of such programs. This module's synthesis focuses on biological monitoring (the state of the target condition), and provides an overview on how to form management goals and convert these into monitoring goals, sampling and analysis, as well as how to effectively report results to stakeholders. The accompanying simulation exercise is a model management program designed to underscore the need for flexibility in management initiatives by focusing on developing important skills such as adaptability, experimentation, and communication. Students develop management objectives for a single harvested system and track changes in abundance of its species over time. Students are then given the opportunity to experiment with harvest strategies over time to best meet their objectives, given shifting management conditions.

View this module in other languages:
Monitoreo para el Manejo Adaptativo en Biología de la Conservación (Spanish)
Suivi pour une Gestion Adaptive en Biologie de Conservation (French)

See also:
Assessing Threats in Conservation Planning and Management
Management of Harvested Wildlife Populations

Theme: Conservation Management

Language: English

Region: Global

Keywords: management, monitoring, planning, stakeholders, simulation

Components: 7

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Synthesis: Monitoring for Adaptive Management in Conservation Biology

Author: J.P. Gibbs

   

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Exercise: Monitoring and Adaptive Management Exercise: Adaptive Management Simulation

Author: J.P. Gibbs

   

This exercise is a model management program designed to underscore the need for flexibility in management initiatives by focusing on developing important skills such as adaptability, experimentation, and communication. Students develop management objectives for a single harvested system and track changes in abundance of its species over time. Students are given the opportunity to experiment with harvest strategies over time to best meet their objectives, given shifting management conditions.

Exercise: Monitoring and Adaptive Management Exercise: Setting Objectives

Author: J.P. Gibbs

   

Here, several exercises are proposed to work on setting clear objectives. First, provide defensible objectives for the general management goals provided. Second, provide a description of a management program and discuss outcomes based on the clarity of its objects. Finally, think critically about the difference between management objectives and monitoring goals.


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Presentation: Monitoring for Adaptive Management in Conservation Biology

Author: J.P. Gibbs

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Solutions: Monitoring and Adaptive Management: Adaptive Management Simulation

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