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Intermediate Collaborative Adaptive Management Strategies Build Stakeholder Capacity

Martha C. Monroe, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
Richard Plate, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
Annie Oxarart, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida


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Efforts to implement collaborative adaptive management (CAM) often suffer from challenges, such as an unwillingness of managers to share power, unresolved conflicts between stakeholders, and lack of capacity among stakeholders. Some aspects considered essential to CAM, e.g., trust and stakeholder capacity, may be more usefully viewed as goals for intermediate strategies rather than a set of initial conditions. From this perspective, intermediate steps that focus on social learning and building experience could overcome commonly cited barriers to CAM. An exploration of Springs Basin Working Groups, organized around major clusters of freshwater springs in north Florida, provides a case study of how these intermediate steps enable participants to become more reasonable and engaged. This strategy may be easily implemented by agencies beginning a CAM process.

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collaborative adaptive management; Florida USA; public participation; Reasonable Person Model; social learning; stakeholder capacity

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