We shall then describe one example of AEAM as applied in a wetland savanna ecosystem in Florida.
Rather than dodging uncertainty with simplifying assumptions or rationalizations, the AEAM process focuses on uncertainty from the very beginning, utilizing disagreements to reveal and highlight gaps in understanding and other sources of uncertainty.
This trust is one way in which the AEAM process addresses the refusal to share information, a frequent source of gridlock in environmental decision processes.
Instead of pursuing the `correct' policy as a solution to problems, AEAM differs from traditional engines of policy by looking for policy that addresses other social objectives as well as the need to learn in the face of uncertainty (Gunderson 1998).
The AEAM process strives to avoid this pathology by broadening implementation to mean the testing and evaluating of hypotheses--or policies.
The AEAM process develops these hypotheses as a suite of alternative explanations about the behavior of the resource.
In an AEAM process, convened in 1989, a number of alternative hypotheses were posed to explain these population declines (Light et al.
Walters (1986) introduced three concepts of how to structure management approaches in the AEAM process:
For example, if the Distant Magnet hypothesis were closest to the truth, then any water-based policy would not only fail to achieve the conservation goal but would erode the trust of stakeholders who are participating in the AEAM process (Light et al 1995).
The AEAM process counters the tradition of casting a policy into concrete through law by iteratively testing these sets of hypotheses through the years and making recommendations to adapt as results and understanding develop.
comm) has pointed out that dialogue-based management efforts such as AEAM can stall because of failure at the local, political level to find "local champions.
A number of public and private institutions are currently discussing how to test AEAM as a public learning and management tool in various river basins in Europe.