Draft Adaptive Management Brochure (800 kb, PDF)
CERP was authorized under the principles of adaptive management by WRDA 2000. The 2003 Programmatic Regulations for CERP required development of an Adaptive Management Program. RECOVER and CERP staff have created two documents to guide the CERP Adaptive Management Program: (1) the CERP Adaptive Management Strategy and (2) the CERP Adaptive Management Integration Guide.
(1) The CERP Adaptive Management Strategy provides a high-level framework for the application of adaptive management to Everglades restoration. The CERP Adaptive Management Strategy outlines a process for gaining better understanding of the south Florida ecosystem and incorporating new scientific and technical information to improve the Plan.
- AM Strategy Document (554 kb, PDF) (link)
(2) The CERP Adaptive Management Integration Guide (Guide) was designed to help CERP project teams, managers, scientists, and other stakeholders understand and integrate adaptive management to make sound, collaborative decisions. The Guide is designed to be a more detailed companion document to the Adaptive Management Strategy. The Guide describes how to apply adaptive management to the CERP program and its related projects by identifying key uncertainties and incorporating adaptive management activities into existing CERP planning and implementation processes.
- CERP Adaptive Management Integration Guide - Final (3.7 mb, PDF)
Project Delivery Teams that need guidance to develop project-level adaptive management plans should go to Section 3 on project-level adaptive management activities and Appendix C which contains the project-level adaptive management checklist that integrates adaptive management activities into the project management schedule milestones.
Project-level AM Guidance was further defined in CERP Guidance Memorandum 56: Guidance for Integration of Adaptive Management into CERP Program and Project Management. This document provides detailed steps for integrating adaptive management activities into project implementation reports (Planning Phase). This guidance was developed to be consistent with the HQ guidance on implementing Section 2039 of WRDA 2007 on monitoring for ecosystem restoration projects. In addition, CGM 56 and the CERP AM Integration Guidance (full project-life cycle guidance) are consistent with the Adaptive management technical guidance developed for USACE nation-wide in the following publication: The Application of Adaptive Management to Ecosystem Restoration Projects (ERDC TN EMRRP-EBA-10) (http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/elpubs/pdf/eba10.pdf).
A number of CERP projects have applied adaptive management principles in different ways to address key uncertainties related to their project achieving restoration success. How they have applied the adaptive management approach varies depending on when their project implementation reports were approved by USACE and authorized by Congress. The following table (LoSchiavo, et al., 2013) identifies those projects and their adaptive management features:
Chronological list of active Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects
LoSchiavo, A. J., R. G. Best, R. E. Burns, S. Gray, M. C. Harwell, E. B. Hines, A. R. McLean, T. St. Clair, S. Traxler, and J. W. Vearil. 2013. Lessons learned from the first decade of adaptive management in comprehensive Everglades restoration. Ecology and Society 18(4): 70.
Specific project adaptive management plans are identified below.