Adaptive Management for Conservation Projects

Program Description

In recent years, there has been great convergence among conservation organizations in thinking about how best to plan and implement conservation actions. The member organizations of the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) have pooled their collective experience in designing, implementing and appraising their conservation projects to develop a set of project cycle or adaptive management Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation that they believe are fundamental to effective conservation.

Adaptive management has been adopted by many leading conservation organizations, including CMP member organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, the National Audubon Society and others.  There is strong evidence that this trend will continue and that the skills and tools required to implement adaptive management will be critical for project managers looking to enter the field; for project teams and organizations aiming to show strong results; and for donors who want to measure the impact of the projects and programs they support.

The purpose of this course is to equip conservation professionals and graduate students with the skills necessary for effective adaptive management in the conservation sector.  The course is based on the CMP Open Standards.  While this framework for planning, implementing, monitoring, learning from and adapting conservation projects is taught to many practicing conservationists, adaptive management training is rarely incorporated into academic conservation programs.  Practitioners and current graduate students in conservation-focused programs should both begin learning the practical and applied processes (i.e. adaptive management) and skills (e.g. viability assessment, threat rating, identification of root causes of threats to biodiversity, etc.) that are essential for achieving conservation results.

Day One: Adaptive Management History and Theory; Introduction to the Open Standards; Step 1a: Team, Scope, Vision, & Targets; Step 1b: Target Status and Goals; Course Social

Day Two: Step 1c: Threat ID and Prioritization; Step 1d: Project Situation

Day Three: Step 2: Strategy Brainstorm and Selection; Results Chains; Monitoring Plans

Day Four: Step 3: Workplans and Reporting in Miradi; Closing the Circle


Previous Instructors

Marcia Brown, Senior Program Officer, Foundations of Success

Louise Vaughn, Research Associate in Environmental Decision Analysis, NC Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Applied Ecology

Norman L. Christensen, Research Professor in the Division of Environmental Sciences & Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University


Logistical Details

Agenda
Class will be held on Duke University campus in the Levine Science Research Center, Room A158, on Research Drive in Durham, NC. This course will begin at 9:00 am and adjourn at 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday. A finalized agenda will be available as the course start date approaches. Dress is casual and we recommend that you bring a light sweater or jacket to wear in the classroom for your comfort. We will have a social on Monday afternoon after class for all course participants, instructors and staff, and there will be a shuttle to take you back to the hotel following this event. 

Hotel
Participants are responsible for their own overnight accommodations. Participants most commonly stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center (2102 West Main Street Durham 919-286-0774).  The Hilton provides a special Nicholas School rate when reservations are made within the course room block and three (3) weeks prior to the course start.

Shuttle
Parking on campus is extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed; we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the room block and shuttle service provided.

Airport Transportation
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located approximately 15 miles from the University and hotel.  Taxicabs are available and most rental car companies have offices at the airport.  Our local shuttle service, Charlene’s Safe Ride can be arranged by calling 919-309-SAFE or 1-800-835-8053.

Course Payment
 

Payment is due upon receipt of invoice or no less than 15 days before the start of the course. Failure to make payment arrangements 15 days prior to the start of the course may result in the forfeit of your seat and you will be held responsible for the full tuition of the course. Future registrations will not be accepted from individuals with unpaid invoices. See here for details. Contact the DEL Program at 919-613-8082 for payment assistance.

Course certificates will not be provided until payment is received.


General Course Policies

Payment
Payment is due upon receipt of invoice or no less than 15 days before the start of the course. If special arrangements must be made for payment due to agency requirements, you must contact our office no less than 15 days prior to the start of the course at del@nicholas.duke.edu to complete and submit a payment due notice form.

Failure to make payment arrangements 15 days prior to the start of the course may result in the forfeit of your seat and you will be held responsible for the full tuition of the course. Future registrations will not be accepted from individuals with unpaid invoices.

Course certificates will not be provided until payment is received.

Cancellation & Transfer Policy
All speakers and companies listed have confirmed their participation. If for unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances a speaker cannot attend, instructional time will be filled with comparable instructors. If a course is canceled due to insufficient registrations, tuition will be refunded. Duke cannot be held responsible for travel costs or arrangements made by participants.

Cancellation of registration requires 15 days written notice prior to course start date in order to receive a refund (please submit notification to del@nicholas.duke.edu). Individuals who do not attend and fail to send written notice prior to the deadline will be charged the full tuition. You may send a substitute to attend the course in your place, however, a $100.00 administrative fee will be assessed for this change, regardless of when written notice is submitted.Any cancellation or substitute request must be received in writing.

  • 15 or more days prior to the course start date – Full tuition refund, minus a $100.00 administrative fee.
  • Less than 15 days prior to the course start date – Full tuition is assessed and a refund is forfeited.
  • Substitute within your organization can attend in your place for an additional $100.00 administrative fee.

In order to receive a refund, you must cancel your registration (in writing to del@nicholas.duke.edu) by 5:00 p.m. on the refund deadline date for the course.