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Mattsson, BJ; Irauschek, F; Yousefpour, R.
(2018): Gaps in Quantitative Decision Support to Inform Adaptive Management and Learning: a Review of Forest Management Cases
CURR FOR REP. 2018; 4(3): 111-124. FullText FullText_BOKU

Theoretical frameworks for adaptive natural resource management are quite common, whereas documented examples showing successful implementation of adaptive management and learning through multiple time intervals have remained uncommon. Measures of quality of adaptive natural resource management processes are needed to examine potential factors driving the successful implementation. To address this gap, we developed a multimetric index composed of 22 metrics to assess quality of case studies using quantitative decision support (QDS) to inform adaptive forest management (AFM). Metrics represented three main tasks, including conceptual setup, modeling, and application. We further distinguished these into subtasks: definition of objectives and management options (setup); specifying uncertainty, prediction, and optimization (modeling); and stakeholder involvement along with practice and learning (application). We used a multimetric index to examine temporal and geographic variation in quality of reviewed case studies using QDS to inform AFM. We then conducted a structured literature review of 179 articles, wherein 34 case studies met a priori criteria. When applying the multimetric index to these case studies, we found that over the past decade the index has been intermediate and annual average scores declined by 33% from 4.5 to 3.0 of 10 (where 10 is the highest possible quality score). Aligning with reviews of adaptive natural resource management, reported on-ground application of QDS to inform AFM was rare (n = 2). We also confirmed the expectation that there has been a substantial lack of stakeholder engagement during QDS development tasks. Our multimetric index provides a novel tool to examine gaps in the use of QDS for adaptive management in diverse domains including but not limited to forests.
Authors BOKU Wien:
Irauschek Florian
Mattsson Brady
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Adaptive management
Case studies
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