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Collaborative Adaptive Management Network (CAMNet)

External Project Site: www.adaptivemanagement.net
Related: Environment and Natural Resources

The Collaborative Adaptive Management Network (CAMNet) is a network of scientists, resource managers, decision makers, citizens, and researchers that is dedicated to fostering the resolution of complex natural resource management problems through:

  • the appropriate application of collaborative adaptive management (CAM),
  • documentation and application of proven practices in CAM, and
  • forums for sharing lessons learned.

In 2004, Meridian Institute co-founded CAMNet with Steve Light, Ph.D. Since that time, Meridian has managed and facilitated the network in partnership with a multi-stakeholder Core Advisory Group.

CAMNet’s signature event is the Annual Rendezvous, which brings together adaptive management practitioners from across the US and beyond to share lessons learned and advance the practice of collaboration and adaptive management. Meridian works with CAMNet’s Core Advisory Group and local hosts to plan, convene, and facilitate this gathering, and has conducted five place-based Rendezvous in the following locations:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado (2007)
  • Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program, Everglades National Park, Florida (2008)
  • Platte River Recovery and Implementation Program, Kearney, Nebraska (2009)
  • Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, Tucson, Arizona (2010)
  • Keene, New Hampshire (2011)

In addition to these forums for information exchange and problem solving, CAMNet hosts a website that features case studies and other resources for adaptive management practitioners. CAMNet also conducts educational workshops on collaborative adaptive management at conferences and in partnership with interested parties, including the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, the US Department of the Interior, the University of Nebraska, Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conference.