Participatory Research and Development for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management: A Sourcebook - Vol. 1

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Adaptive Collaborative
Management
The situation in most tropical forests and among inhabitants is very discouraging. In many areas, forests have been used for plantation or resettlement programs. Also, forests are being steadily degraded by unsustainable harvest of various products (timber, rattan, bamboo, wildlife) that have been or are being commercialized.On the other hand, people living in or near the forests are often denied access to its products. Also, they have little say in decision-making processes that somehow affect their future. The most troubling aspect of this scenario is the speed with which environmental degradation and human impoverishment are progressing. In order to address these problems, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) used adaptive collaborative management (ACM).

Adaptive Collaborative Management

It is a value-adding approach whereby
people who have ‘interests’ in a forest,
agree to act together to plan, observe
and learn from the implementation of
their plans (recognizing that plans often
fail to fulfill their stated objectives).

ACM is characterized by conscious
efforts among such groups to
communicate, collaborate, negotiate
and seek out opportunities to learn
collectively about the impacts of their
actions.

(Adapted from Prabhu et al., 2001)

ACM assumes the following:
❑ both forest and human systems are complex and adaptive
❑ surprise is inevitable in such systems
❑ prediction, in any precise sense, is impossible

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