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Environmental Values and Adaptive Management

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  • Bryan G. Norton
  • Anne C. Steinemann
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    The trend in environmental management toward more adaptive, community-based, and holistic approaches will require new approaches to environmental valuation. In this paper, we offer a new valuation approach, one that embodies the core principles of adaptive management, which is experimental, multi-scalar, and place-based. In addition, we use hierarchy theory to incorporate spatial and temporal variability of natural systems into a multi-scalar management model. Our approach results in the consideration of multiple values within community-based ecosystem management, rather than an attempt to maximise a single variable such as economic efficiency. We then offer two heuristics - one procedural and one evaluative - to guide a community toward shared goals, and to develop indicators to measure progress toward these goals. We illustrate our approach by application to environmental and developmental decisions in the Southern Appalachians.

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    Article provided by White Horse Press in its journal Environmental Values.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 473-506

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    Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev10:ev1022

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    Keywords: Adaptive management; environmental evaluation; management; multi-criteria analyses; sense of place values;

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    Cited by:
    1. Matthew Cotton, 2013. "Deliberating Intergenerational Environmental Equity: A Pragmatic, Future Studies Approach," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 22(3), pages 317-337, June.
    2. Clive L. Spash, 2013. "The Shallow or the Deep Ecological Economics Movement?," SRE-Disc sre-disc-2013_01, Institute for the Environment and Regional Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business.
    3. Gearey, Mary & Jeffrey, Paul, 2006. "Concepts of legitimacy within the context of adaptive water management strategies," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(1), pages 129-137, November.

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