CAMNet Resources

The World Game Institute +  

An organization sponsoring games and workshops for communities, schools, businesses, governments, and other groups to stimulate learning and discussion on global issues and sustainability.

Kissimmee River Restoration +  

The Kissimmee River Restoration is designed to restore 70 kilometers of river channel and approximately more than 10,000 ha of wetland in an effort to reverse the degradation caused by channelization of the river for flood control in the 1960s. A series of studies and political actions were undertaken beginning in 1972 that resulted in a federally authorized restoration project now being implemented. At the time it was authorized, the Kissimmee River Restoration (KRR) Project was the largest and most expensive river ecosystem restoration project ever attempted.

Everglades Nutrient Removal +  

In 1988, the federal government filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida. The lawsuit claimed that the state was violating the Clean Water Act by allowing excessive amounts of phosphorus to enter the Everglades. The lawsuit alleged that the source of the excess phosphorus was from agricultural activities and that the excess phosphorus was causing irreparable harm to Everglades plants and animals.

Evolution of Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park +  

The evolution of water deliveries to Everglades National Park (ENP) is an example of how water management strategies have been altered over time to preserve a large and pristine ecosystem in south Florida, while also providing flood protection and water supply for a growing human population. The focus of this case study is during 1985 –1997, when three Federal and State agencies were required by Congressional action to enter into an agreement to conduct an experimental program of water deliveries to improve natural conditions within the Park.

Adaptive Understanding and Management for Floods +  

Resource management problems have so often defied prediction that surprise rather than certainty has become the common theme for embarrassed managers and theoreticians. The sources of uncertainty derive from our failure to grasp the structure and operation of complex systems: nested hierarchies that generate non-linear dynamics from within-scale and cross-scale interactions. We increasingly recognize that surprise and uncertainty are inevitable given that nature and society are moving targets with very complicated interactions at multiple scales.

Ecosystem Dynamics and the Management of Landscapes at Different Temporal and Spatial Scales +  

Western Civilization has reached a "watershed" in its history of co-evolution with nature. In three hundred years, since Faust, Goethe’s masterful epic poem was birthed from legend, humans have employed science as a means to subdue and exploit nature. Faust is about man’s mastery of scientific reason and its double-edged role in search of human salvation. Throughout Faust, Goethe centers not on the "Word ," but on the “Deed” as the final measure of man’s worth.

Collaborative Planning and Adaptive Management in Glen Canyon: A Cautionary Tale +  

One of the most prominent attempts at CAM involves the Department of the Interior's decision to rely on CAM, in principle, to carry out its responsibilities under the Grand Canyon Protection Act of 1992 to monitor the operation of the Glen Canyon Dam, operate the Dam in compliance with a range of laws and regulations, and mitigate any significant environmental impacts. The Act stipulates that a variety of stakeholders - including several federal agencies, states, power generators, recreational users, and environmental organizations - must be consulted regarding dam operations.

Working Papers and Primer on Adaptive Management +  

While the theories and concepts of adaptive management have become a part of the lexicon of modern resource management, experiments implementing adaptive management in large regional systems are still fairly young. Furthermore, the practical lessons and experience derived by those most closely involved in such experiments have proven difficult to distill and communicate in the academic literature. There is a clear need for a practical guide to share the growing body of principles and practices that define effective adaptive management.

A Tool for Conservation Practitioners +  

For conservation to succeed, it must be a well-organized and highly efficient endeavor. We have found, however, that despite enormous investments of time and money over the past few decades, the conservation community has met with only limited success in achieving its goals. Clearly, changes must be made to the way we carry out conservation activities to ensure that we are getting the highest return on our investments.

Putting It Back Together: Making Ecosystem Restoration Work +  

This review explores 6 major restoration efforts nationally and distills lessons to guide future initiatives—specifically the effort to restore the San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem. In crafting major legislation for the Bay-Delta and elsewhere, we should examine what has gone right, and what has worked less well, in other ecosystem management initiatives around the country.