JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2013, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (10): 1797-1807.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2013.10.014

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A Review of Adaptive Management Research on Natural Resources

XU Guang-cai1, KANG Mu-yi2,3, SHI Ya-jun1   

  1. 1. Institute for Urban Agriculture Research, Beijing University of Agriculture, Beijing Research Base for New Countryside Construction, Beijing 102206, China;
    2. State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China;
    3. College of Resources Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2012-06-12 Revised:2013-02-01 Online:2013-10-20 Published:2013-10-20
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Abstract: Adaptive management is a new paradigm for resources management stemmed from the context of the increase of understanding of the development, utilization and protection of natural resources. Adaptive management is based on the acknowledge of the complexity and uncertainty of natural resources management system and the belief that human knowledge can be improved through resources management practice, furthermore the improved knowledge on resources could facilitate the future resource management. On the ground of summarizing the connotation and essential parts of adaptive management of natural resources, we argued that the main problems currently existing in the adaptive management of natural resources includes scale effect, difficulties in system modeling and monitoring, the lack of flexibility in the institutional arrangements, breakdown in coordination and communication and information sharing, egoism and risk avoidance of the participants of adaptive management, the constraints of traditional resources management patterns, cost and management risk and the conflicts among different ecological values. The authors believe that further studies of adaptive management should give more concerns to collaborative adaptive management planning, adaptive monitoring and outcome evaluation, adaptive co-management, adaptive risk management and the public participation. Finally, we brought forward suggestions for the adaptive management research in China: advancing understanding on the concept of adaptive management, grasping the trend of adaptive management research, promoting the practice of adaptive management and bringing current natural resource management practices or research into the framework of adaptive management.

Key words: natural resources, management, adaptation

CLC Number: 

  • F205