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Adaptive Management Training Overview

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Role and Overview of Adaptive Management Training:

"Adaptive management incorporates research into conservation action. Specifically, it is the integration of design, management, and monitoring to systematically test assumptions in order to adapt and learn."

The 2008-2009 USFWS MENTOR Fellowship program incorporated adapted management training for designing and implementing actions to address the bushmeat issue in eastern Africa. Training by Foundations of Success (http://www.fosonline.org/) based on the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation took place in July-August 2008, following the Fellows' bushmeat field assessments.

The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (Open Standards) draws on best practices in project management from many different disciplines. The Open Standards provides a series of steps for planning, monitoring, implementing, analyzing, learning from, and adapting conservation projects. These series of steps for the process of adaptive management allows conservationists and resource managers to make well informed decisions about their strategies, testing the effectiveness of strategies used, and learning and adapting to improve them. In contrast to traditional project management, adaptive management requires an explicitly experimental-or scientific-approach to each step of the project cycle.  Adaptive management is the integration of design, management, and monitoring to systematically test assumptions in order to adapt and learn.

     Steps in the Process of Adaptive Management

                START: Clarify group's mission

                STEP A: Design a conceptual model based on local site conditions

                STEP B: Develop a management plan: goals, objectives, and activities

                STEP C: Develop a monitoring plan

                STEP D: Implement management and monitoring plans

                STEP E: Analyze data and communicate results

                ITERATE: Use results to adapt and learn

(Learn more about adaptive management at http://www.fosonline.org/).

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