The 10-tenets of adaptive management and sustainability: An holistic framework for understanding and managing the socio-ecological system

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2015
Date published: 08/2015
Authors: Steve Barnard, Michael Elliott
Journal title: Environmental Science & Policy
Volume: 51
Pages: 181 - 191
ISSN: 14629011

The three basic principles of sustainable development, relating to ecology, economy and society, have long been embedded within national and international strategies. In recent years we have augmented these principles by a further seven considerations giving rise to the so-called 10-tenets of sustainable management. Whilst theoretically appealing, discussion of the tenets to date has been largely generic and qualitative and, until the present paper, there has been no formal and quantitative application of these tenets to an actual example. To promote the concept of successful and sustainable environmental management there is the need to develop a robust and practical framework to accommodate value judgements relating to each of the tenets. Although, as originally presented, the tenets relate specifically to management measures, they may also be applied directly to a specific development or activity. This paper examines the application of the tenets in both of these contexts, and considers their incorporation into an assessment tool to help visualise and quantify issues of sustainability.

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