Adaptive Management Means ‘Learning by Doing’

Adaptive framework

British Columbia Guidebook pioneers North American application to rainwater management

“Published in 2002,  Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia was a catalyst for change that has resulted in British Columbia achieving international recognition as a leader in implementing a natural systems approach to rainwater management, stated Kim Stephens, project manager and principal author.

“The Guidebook was also a pioneer application in North America of ‘adaptive management’ in a rainwater management setting. In the Guidebook, adaptive management means: We change direction when the science leads us to a better way.”

Learning by Doing

The goal of adaptive management is to learn from experience and constantly improve land development and rainwater management practices over time. This requires ongoing monitoring of demonstration projects to assess progress towards progress towards performance targets and the shared watershed vision.

To Learn More:

For the full story on adaptive management that is posted on the Rainwater Management community-of-interest, click on Adaptive Management Means ‘Learning by Doing’.

Click on this link to The Adaptive Management Approach to download an illustrative graphic from the Guidebook.

Performance target