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Learning to network and networking to learn: facilitating the process of adaptive management in a local response to the UK's National Air Quality Strategy.

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  • Author(s): Stubbs M;Stubbs M; Lemon M
  • Source:
    Environmental management [Environ Manage] 2001 Mar; Vol. 27 (3), pp. 321-34.
  • Publication Type:
    Journal Article
  • Language:
    English
  • Additional Information
    • Source:
      Publisher: Springer Verlag Country of Publication: United States NLM ID: 7703893 Publication Model: Print Cited Medium: Print ISSN: 0364-152X (Print) Linking ISSN: 0364152X NLM ISO Abbreviation: Environ Manage Subsets: MEDLINE
    • Publication Information:
      Publication: New York Ny : Springer Verlag
      Original Publication: New York, Springer-Verlag.
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      The adaptive management leitmotiv of "learning to manage and managing to learn" sets out an attractive agenda for dealing with the overwhelming complexity of environmental phenomena that humans have problematized. To ensure that this rallying cry translates into effective action, it is important to give consideration to structures and procedures for facilitating the efforts of those willing or able to respond to the adaptive management call. To date, calls to establish the right organization to coordinate multiagency responses have tended to emphasize the noun, or bounded-entity, sense of the word organization. We believe that this is at the expense of its other, verb or process, connotation. In this paper, rather than searching for the perfect organization structure that mandates mutual trust and collective action shaped by all relevant parties' perspectives and possible contributions, we direct attention towards the process of nurturing integrated adaptive responses among individuals who have diverse organizational allegiances. By shifting the balance towards the process connotation of the right organization, we hope that a new mindscape can be discerned for those interested in putting adaptive management principles into practice. We seek to conjure up an image of this mindscape through the phrase "learning to network and networking to learn," and set out to strengthen this by demonstrating how adaptive response networks can arise from the mutually defining relationship between stakeholders and issues. This is demonstrated through a local response to the United Kingdom's National Air Quality Strategy.
    • Publication Date:
      Date Created: 20010110 Date Completed: 20010315 Latest Revision: 20191104
    • Publication Date:
      20220302
    • Accession Number:
      10.1007/s002670010152
    • Accession Number:
      11148760