Collaborative adaptive management in practice : case studies from Arizona and New Mexico
Author(s)Kay, Jenna (Jenna Leidy)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.
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Collaborative adaptive management (CAM) is a natural resource management approach in which a diverse group of stakeholders iteratively plan, implement, monitor, evaluate and adjust management actions to reduce uncertainty and improve decisions over time. In practice, few examples of successful CAM have been identified. This study examines three efforts in the southwestern United States: the Las Cienegas Adaptive Management Program and two projects in the Malpai Borderlands - Prescribed Fire Planning in the Peloncillo Mountains and the McKinney Flats Project. Three questions are addressed: 1) What does CAM look like in practice'? 2) Are my cases actually examples of CAM? Why or why not'? 3) If so, what enables CAM to happen in these efforts? To be successful, CAM structures need to be able to withstand the length of time and dynamic nature of a CAM process. The three cases each demonstrate effective ways to design and implement many aspects of CAM, but, processes have faltered when key elements were absent. Specific tools, such as the use of a trained mediator and joint fact-finding, were introduced in the cases to address process deficiencies interfering with the group's ability to collaborate or test management strategies. Factors such as effective long-term leadership, committed and enthusiastic participants, and strong organizational partnerships have also promoted the implementation of these programs. Recommendations for implementing a durable, flexible and wise CAM process are included.
Thesis (M.C.P.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2012.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 77-82).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban Studies and Planning.