Adaptive Management Initiative (AMI)
The Adaptive Management Initiative (AMI) is as significant as an example of both accomplishing climate adaptation projects and demonstrating how an organization is able to catalyze and implement a landscape scale approach. The goal of the AMI is to promote a culture of stewardship by finding common values, supporting community leadership, promoting shared learning, and seeking place based solutions. This is accomplished by:
AMI supported projects
The AMI supports a suite of projects that are joined by a single, unifying thread: building resilience into the Crown's natural and human communities. Resilience is the capacity of a socio-ecological system to absorb shocks and maintain function in the face of external stressors. Such capacity is essential to the long-term health of the Crown, as climatic, economic, and demographic changes play out across the landscape.
In partnership with the Kresge Foundation, the AMI funded 45 projects throughout the Crown's region, allocating $800,000. These projects have leveraged up to five times the actual amount invested by attracting new donors and combining efforts where possible and appropriate.
See a list of AMI supported projects here.
Working at scales
Working at different scales is one of the greatest challenges of large landscape conservation. Management of landscapes at increasingly larger scales is proving critical as our understanding of large-scale stressors, such as climate change, increases. At the same time, coordinated individual and community scale efforts continue to be critical across the private lands that are key players in maintaining a healthy ecosystem in the Crown. Working to addressing the tension between different scales and influence more coordinated management is one of the greatest challenges of the AMI.
Many important lessons emerged during the course of the AMI, including: