Social learning as a tool to understand complex adaptive management institutions

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2010-06-09
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Author: Furman, Kira
Abstract
Social learning has been found to facilitate the effectiveness of resource and environmental management decision making. The Washington Forest Practices Adaptive Management Program is a collaborative institution whose participants include a diverse array of forest stakeholders. Over 20 years ago the first iteration of this program began with a shared spirit of learning. This report examines the status of social learning in the program today and, in areas where social learning is low, potential causes of this impasse are explored along with possible opportunities to overcome current obstacles and foster future learning. While collaborative processes are often recommended in environmental decision making, the study of the effectiveness of these processes over periods as long as two decades is rare. The objective of this research is to provide insight into social learning issues which emerge in long term collaborative partnerships.
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