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Introduction to exploring opportunities for advancing collaborative adaptive management (CAM): integrating experience and practice

David L. Galat, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri
Jim Berkley, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency


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This Special Feature of Ecology and Society seeks to communicate a practitioner’s perspective on the application of collaborative adaptive management (CAM) to contemporary natural resource management problems. One goal is to create an ongoing mechanism for dialogue that can connect practitioners, researchers, and policy makers. The core 15 papers are grouped into 3 categories that: (1) describe lessons learned through the practice of applying CAM principles to a specific project or generalizing principles from outcomes of a specific project; (2) summarize lessons learned from the author’s extensive CAM experiences; and (3) seek to be instructive of one or more CAM principles through a survey, evaluation, or comparison of multiple projects. Follow-up questions were submitted by authors to the online discussion section of Ecology and Society to stimulate interactive communication among readers and authors about their papers and CAM in general.

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adaptive comanagement; case studies; collaborative adaptive management; Collaborative Adaptive Management Network; experiential learning; lessons learned; natural resource practitioners; science-policy dialogue
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