Environmental Values and Adaptive Management

B.G. Norton, A.C. Steinemann
2001 Environmental Values  
The trend in environmental management toward more adaptive, communitybased, and holistic approaches will require new approaches to environmental valuation. In this paper, we offer a new valuation approach, one that embodies the core principles of adaptive management, which is experimental, multiscalar, and place-based. In addition, we use hierarchy theory to incorporate spatial and temporal variability of natural systems into a multi-scalar management model. Our approach results in the
more » ... lts in the consideration of multiple values within community-based ecosystem management, rather than an attempt to maximise a single variable such as economic efficiency. We then offer two heuristics -one procedural and one evaluative -to guide a community toward shared goals, and to develop indicators to measure progress toward these goals. We illustrate our approach by application to environmental and developmental decisions in the Southern Appalachians.
doi:10.3197/096327101129340921 fatcat:vcu5tyglx5gyza7h2xtbck3rxy