Teaching Adaptive Management Network

Focusing on teaching the Conservation
Standards in academic settings

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Teaching Adaptive Management Network

The TAM network serves faculty, staff, students, and coaches who are involved or interested in adaptive management courses at universities or other academic institutions. Through TAM, members share tried-and-tested resources, experiences, and insights for bringing the Open Standards to the classroom and integrating adaptive management training into applied conservation curricula. Find out how to start a course, find a course near you or check out our webinar series.

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You may be asking yourself, why teach an academic course in adaptive management?

Academic courses that bring together students and practitioners to apply the OS to real conservation projects has proven time and again to be a win-win collaboration.

Practitioners get:

  • An opportunity to systematically apply the OS to their work
  • Useful draft management plans and recommendations
  • A cadre of prospective staff  / interns with AM skills

Students get:

  • Fluency in Open Standards – looks great on a resume!
  • An opportunity to gain hands-on experience applying AM skills to real-world projects
  • Exposure to the realities and challenges of conservation practice

To learn more on how to start a course of your own, visit the Getting a Course Started page or contact the TAM Core Team. Our global team can respond to emails in English, Spanish, German, or French!

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Photo Credit: Felix Cybulla

The Teaching Adaptive Management Network leader is:

Vinaya Swaminathan

Senior Program Officer, Foundations of Success

United Kingdom

Armando Valdés-Velásquez

Foundations of Success


Felix Cybulla

Freelance Consultant, Global Change Management & Miradi Team


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The Conservation Coaches Network aims to improve conservation by empowering people to develop, implement, evaluate, adapt and share effective strategies that achieve tangible conservation results benefitting both people and nature all over the world.

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Coaches Resource Library

CCNet maintains a variety of resources to support Coaches in the presentation and use of the Conservation Standards. Most of the resources are found in multiple languages in the Coaches Notebook that is part of CCNet New Coach Trainings. In addition, in our Resource Library you can find a wealth of support materials shared by Coaches and Conservation Standards practitioners.

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Our Collaborators

Every organization, agency, project, and individual has its own preferred set of terms. There is no right answer – the most important thing is that the members of your project team and the people with whom you work have a clear and common understanding of whatever terms you choose to use.

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The Conservation Standards is the product of inputs, field tests, and discussions among members of the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), which has final editorial authority over the Conservation Standards. Substantial input was also provided by members of the Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet) and other CMP partners.

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Contact CCNet

To inquire about supporting CCNet or for general inquiries, please contact:

John Morrison - CCNet Global Coordinator john.morrison@wwfus.org
Cristina Lasch - CCNet Technical Coordinator clasch@tnc.org

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