Biological Diversity: Balancing Interests Through Adaptive Collaborative Management

Louise E Buck, Charles C Geisler, John Schelhas, Eva Wollenberg 
CRC Press  2001  

Hardcover  504pp  ISBN 9780849300202      £73.00
We live in a world of wide pendulum swings regarding management policies for protected areas, particularly as they affect the involvement of local people in management. Such swings can be polarizing and halt on-the-ground progress. There is a need to find ways to protect biodiversity while creating common ground and building management capacity through shared experiences. Diverse groups need to cooperate to manage forests in ways that are flexible and can incorporate feedback.

Biological Diversity: Balancing Interests Through Adaptive Collaborative Management addresses the problem of how to balance local, national, and global interests in preserving the earth's biological diversity with competing interests in the use and exploitation of these natural resources. This innovative book examines the potential of adaptive collaborative management (ACM) in reconciling a protected area's competing demands for biodiversity conservation, local livelihood support, and broader-based regional development. It clarifies ACM's emerging characteristics and assesses its suitability for a variety of protected area situations.


  • Presents a better understanding of an emerging new management paradigm for balancing interests in biodiversity conservation and livelihood sustainability
  • Provides interdisciplinary analysis and strategies for success involving social and biological scientists, natural resource practitioners, policy makers, and citizens
  • Includes cases from around the world that illustrate how effective conservation programs can be developed though the use of adaptive management and social learning

Introduction: The Challenge of Adaptive Collaborative Management

I. Foundations of Adaptive Collaborative Management
Appraising Adaptive Management,
Roles for Civil Society in Protected Area Management: A Global Perspective on Current Trends in Collaborative Management
Ecodevelopment Perspectives in Conservation: Recent Lessons and Future Directions
Learning and Adaptation for Forest Conservation
Experience, Challenges, and Prospects for Collaborative Management of Protected Areas: An International Perspective

II. Institutions and Policies
Adapting Land Reform to Protected Area Management in the Dominican Republic
Property in Wild Biota and Adaptive Collaborative Management
Agents in Adaptive Collaborative Management: The Logic of Collective Cognition
On the Edge of Chaos: Crafting Adaptive Collaborative Management for Biological Diversity Conservation in a Pluralistic World
Authority and Scale in Political Ecology: Some Cautions on Localism,
Tenure and Community Management of Protected Areas in the Philippines: Policy Change and Implementation Challenges

III. Modeling Protected Area-Human Activity Systems
Making Public Protected Area Systems Effective: An Operational Framework
Ecoregional Management in Southern Costa Rica: Finding a Role for Adaptive Collaborative Management
Population Dynamics, Migration, and the Future of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve
Toward Social Criteria and Indicators for Protected Areas: One Cut on Adaptive Co-management
Overview of a Systematic Approach to Designing, Managing, and Monitoring Conservation and Development Projects
Anticipating Change: Scenarios as a Tool for Increasing Adaptivity in Multi-stakeholder Settings

IV. Case Studies: Applications of Adaptive Collaborative Management Approaches
Community-based Conservation Area Management in Papua, New Guinea: Adapting to Changing Policy and Practice
Integrating Biological Research and Land Use Practices in Monteverde, Costa Rica,
Linking GIS and Participation to Manage Natural Resources in Madagascar
Innovative Learning in a Participatory Ecoregion-based Planning Process: The Case of AGERAS in Tulear, Madagascar,
Reclaiming Ancestral Domains in Palawan, Phillipines: A Context for Adaptive Collaborative Management
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