unit 10

This week adaptive management approaches is the most interesting one. For a long time, policies in my country can be defined as one-off policies. This means initiative changes would not occur during implementation of policies. Only complaint or abandonment can lead to changes. However, the concept of adaptive management catalyze innovations in policy-making. In the adaptive management circle, feedback, also known as results and assessment, can lead to changes. It is creative that the stage of obtaining feedback is embedded in policy itself. This means improvement and optimization of policy would be a part of policy itself. Adaptive management approaches embedded in policy can prolong lives of policies and make policy more flexible for addressing uncertainty. Adaptive management approaches used in policy-making in China’s National Land Use Plan (NLUP) initiate the use of adaptive management. The NLUP has 3 plans since 1993 and every plan was implemented for several years. Then the next plan would be established based on the outcomes of previous plan. According to Xu et al. (2015), the 2nd and 3rd plan of the NLUP with adaptive management approaches efficiently address land problems in China for several decades and beneficial effects is believed to continue due to dynamic changes of the plans.

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