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Summary: Addressing the Interactional Challenges of Moving Collaborative Adaptive Management From Theory to Practice. 2014. Beratan, K. K.

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Author submitted discussion questions
David Galat on Jun 07, 2014 16:02:43
David Galat on Jun 09, 2014 11:58:23

Author submitted discussion questions

Authors of each paper in this Special Issue submitted a question to stimulate interactive communication among readers and authors.  You are encouraged to initiate a dialog by responding to the following questions which also appear in the paper’s Conclusions section:

What is CAM supposed to accomplish? How can progress be measured, given real-world constraints? What would success look like in practice?

Under what conditions is CAM feasible and worthwhile? Is there a particular scale (or range of scales) that is most suitable to such an approach? Many of the CAM processes described in this report are broad scale, with federal agencies as process conveners and/or central participants, and with a large number of stakeholders representing many different governance levels. Is collaboration possible when that many organizations are involved?

How can a CAM process be initiated? In light of the common themes highlighted in this summary, this question might be better phrased thusly: How can the emergence of CAM be catalyzed? How can the process be designed to help stakeholders make the transition from dialogue to action?

How can/should we deal with uncertainty in CAM? In most problem situations, managers do not have the luxury of time; some decisions have to be made immediately, without waiting for the results of experiments designed to reduce uncertainty.

Finally, a set of questions particularly relevant to this Special Feature and to CAMNet are the following: How can we better foster two-way knowledge exchange between researchers and practitioners? What are appropriate venues and mechanisms for that exchange? It has always been assumed that practitioners learn from researchers; what can researchers learn from practitioners? How can we increase the usefulness and usability of the knowledge exchanged in both directions?

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