Best Practices (BP) Workshop

Wednesday, December 8, 2004
     3:30pm – 5:00pm

A national network of adaptive management practitioners (CAMNet) in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a Best Practices (BPs) Workshop on Wednesday afternoon December 8th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm.  The goal of this workshop is to launch a two year process of identifying standards of practice “BPs" for achieving ecological restoration using adaptive management.

The hope and the expectation is that through the power of dialogue, transparency, advocacy, and competition, good practices or BPs, will replace those that are ineffective and outdated. Conference participants are urged to participate and contribute ideas and proposed standards of practice to the list. Examples of BPs include – criteria for designing monitoring programs, conceptual models, and effective communication of scientific information

Background -- Practitioners have expressed the need to take “lessons learned” over the years and begin the process of documenting them more fully and systematically as BPs for ecological restoration -- as part of an ongoing and accelerated process of continual improvement. This approach should not only yield enhanced clarity and convergence of opinion, but identify crucial priorities for research, experimentation and action; in other words, “what is useful to be initiated and what is ripe for action.”

One of the hurdles to the implementation of BPs for ecological restoration and adaptive management is that most of the successes are isolated and insulated from other contexts and settings. Currently, there are an extraordinary number of ongoing individual experiments, but there is no organizing process that gleans, distills and codifies what is known and accepted based on peer review – that is the objective of the Best Practices Workshop.

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