Adaptive governance of riverine and wetland ecosystem goods and services


Adaptive governance and adaptive management have developed over the past quarter century in response to institutional and organizational failures, and unforeseen changes in natural resource dynamics. Adaptive governance provides a context for managing known and unknown consequences of prior management approaches and for increasing legitimacy in the implementation of flexible and adaptive management. Using examples from iconic water systems in the United States, we explore the proposition that adaptive management and adaptive governance are useful for evaluating the complexities of trade-offs among ecosystem goods and services.

Publication Type
Journal Article
Lance H. Gunderson
Barbara Cosens, University of Idaho
Ahjond S. Garmestani
Journal of Environmental Management

Related Content