Journal article

Adaptive Management of Environmental Flows

J Angus Webb, Robyn J Watts, Catherine Allan, John C Conallin



Adaptive management enables managers to work with complexity and uncertainty, and to respond to changing biophysical and social conditions. Amid considerable uncertainty over the benefits of environmental flows, governments are embracing adaptive management as a means to inform decision making. This Special Issue of Environmental Management presents examples of adaptive management of environmental flows and addresses claims that there are few examples of its successful implementation. It arose from a session at the 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics held in Australia, and is consequently dominated by papers from Australia. We classified the papers according to the involvement of r..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the editorial staff of Environmental Management, and in particular Editor in Chief Bryan Brooks, for their forbearance during the extended gestation period of this Special Issue. The 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics provided the catalyst for this Special Issue, and we thank the conference organizing committee for the opportunity provided. We thank both authors and reviewers of the case studies presented in this issue for their contributions and involvement. JAW's contribution to the Special Issue was supported by ARC LP130100174, and RJW's by a Research Fellowship from the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University.