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The adaptive management system for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area – linking management planning with effectiveness evaluation

The full version of the chapter 'The adaptive management system for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (WHA) – linking management planning with effectiveness evaluation' can be downloaded here as a PDF (588 Kb).

 

 

 

This paper provides a 30 year retrospective on the development of the adaptive management system for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (Australia). It describes the historical background, key influences and stages that paved the way to establishment of adaptive management. It outlines how effectiveness monitoring, evaluation and reporting are integrated with the management plan for the Area to establish an ongoing adaptive management cycle.

The chapter presents figures and tools for adaptive management, including 5 useful questions for guiding the integration of effectiveness monitoring, evaluation and reporting into management plans and programs. Strengths and weaknesses of the adaptive management system are discussed. Key lessons and insights distilled from this experience are offered, including the importance of planned monitoring of management effectiveness; the role of stakeholder assessments; and the factors that can assist in sustaining long term strategic programs despite ongoing institutional change.

The chapter concludes with suggestions for fostering an enabling environment for adaptive management.