From across the world we share case studies from teams applying the Open Standards: their successes, challenges, and lessons learned. This is an evolving section to our website – we appreciate your patience as we work to populate it.

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2016 Adaptive Management Case Study Competition

Thank you to all those who shared your great stories about adaptive management in practice!  You have provided a great opportunity to learn from others around the world who are using the Open Standards! Judging Our judges narrowed down 5 cases…

Spinifex Healthy Country Plan Review

In the southeastern corner of Western Australia, the Spinifex Rangers have reviewed their progress and overall plan for the third time, adjusting of the objectives, indicators, and activities contained in the plan as needed. Developed in 2015, the Spinifex Healthy…

Using results chains to foster understanding

Ever wonder what happens in the intertidal zone – that area that is above water at low tide and under water at high tide? As it turns out, lots happens! And lots of people use and benefit directly or indirectly…

Gondwana Link: lessons learnt from a global biodiversity hotspot

Bush Heritage Australia has been involved in the Gondwana Link connectivity project in the south west Western Australian biodiversity hotspot for 14 years. Over this time the management plan has cycled through a major adaptation based on implementation results. This…

Adaptive management on Cascade Head Preserve and CAP for Salmon River Watershed

Rooted in the TNC’s Cascade Head Preserve, this case study features adaptive management using ground based research for the Oregon silverspot butterfly, that later grew to encompass diverse stakeholders for conservation management of the Salmon River watershed.  See the Miradi…

Full-cycle adaptive management in Australia’s arid rangelands

Boolcoomatta is a conservation reserve that has been managed by Bush Heritage Australia for 10 years, during which time the management plan has cycled through three major adaptations based on analysis of implementation and results. Highly commended in the Case…

20 Years and Counting: Adaptive Management of Chimpanzee Habitats in the Greater Gombe Ecosystem, Tanzania

This case study was winner of the 2016 Adaptive Management Case Study competition as it amply demonstrated the power of the Open Standards in refocusing effort according to evidence, the use of participatory spatial planning and for delivering results on…