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Environmental Values and Adaptive Management

Bryan G. Norton and Anne C. Steinemann

Environmental Values 10(2001): 473-506. doi: 10.3197/096327101129340921

The trend in environmental management toward more adaptive, community-based, 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, multi-scalar, 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 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.

KEYWORDS: Adaptive management, environmental evaluation, management, multi-criteria analyses, sense of place values

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Sustainability and Environmental Valuation M.S. Common, R.K. Blamey and T.W. Norton

Economists' Preferences and the Preferences of Economists. Bryan G. Norton

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles:

Incorporating Value Trade-offs into Community-Based Environmental Risk Decisions Robin S. Gregory

What's In a Name? Pragmatism, Essentialism, and Environmental Ethics. Mark A. Michael

Shifting Forest Value Orientations in the United States, 1980-2001: A Computer Content Analysis. David N. Bengston, Trevor J. Webb and David P. Fan

Natura economica in Environmental ValuationKatrine Soma

Deliberating Intergenerational Environmental Equity: A Pragmatic, Future Studies Approach. Matthew Cotton

Deep Ecology, Hybrid Geographies, and Environmental Management's Relational Premise. Kate I. Booth

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