List of Adaptive Management (Open Standards) Courses
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University CourseType of courseStill ongoing?Contact informationComments/Challenges
annual course?
since when?discontinued when?how many students per course?total so far (Jan 2019)
YesNoNot sure
1Department of Forest Biology, Faculty of Forestry Kasetsart University; Bangkok 10900, Thailand, ThailandYongyut Trisurat
Associate Professor Department of Forest Biology,
Faculty of Forestry Kasetsart University
Not sure the course name – need to contact the professor and determine what is currently happening.
2Kunming University of Science and Technology, China1-3 day short courseProf. Zhou Dequn, 1549284671@qq.comOffered more than once; TNC CAP coach involved in teaching course on CAP at Kunming University of Science and Technology, and co-supervise a master level graduate student focusing on conservation planning/CAP
3Beijing Forestry University, ChinaIntegrated into standard curriculum for undergraduate students majored in nature reserve managementProf. Luan Xiaofeng,
Offered every year. An overview on CAP framework and case studies will be introduced in the standard curriculum.
4University of Tasmania, Protected Area Management PlansPostgraduate short course with Open Standards built inAssoc Prof Vanessa Adams
College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
also CCNet member Stuart Cowell (
Has been running now for 5 years. Ongoing discussion about including OS in other courses, but has not progrressed further than discussion. Both online and intensive 5 day training.yes2014ongoing~20~100
5National University of Singapore, Conservation and SustainabilityNot yet developedAnnette Olsson, Conservation International. aolsson@conservation.orgA new Master's course in Conservation and Sustainability is being developed at NUS, and will potentially start in Jan 2020. Project planning and management (OS) will be part of the curiculum. Still very early days, and nothing fixed yet.
6Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, GermanyIntegrated into standard curriculum (5 day short course)Pierre Ibisch, Lena Strixner, Daniela Aschenbrenner (all CCNet members):,, Pierre.Ibisch@hnee.deCourse was permanently adapted and integrated into different modules such as Protected Area Management or later Adaptive Conservation Site Management (study programme International Forest Ecosystem Management, B.Sc.). It was initiated applying TNC's CAP method (Conservation Action Planning/5 S Approach; 2004-2007); in 2008, for the first time, the Open Standards were used (course delivery in cooperation with Foundations of Success, until 2011). yes2004201630-50approx. 550
7Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany6 days spread over the semester + 1 block week (8 ECTS)Pierre Ibisch, Lena Strixner, Daniela Aschenbrenner (all CCNet members):,,; Stefan Kreft ( where students learn and use the OS to develop and draft a project proposal. It consists of 6 days spread of the semester and one block week with 8 ECTS.yes2017ca. 50approx. 100
8Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany
Integrated into standard curriculum; (2 semesters)
Pierre Ibisch,; Stefan Kreft (
Since 2015, the entire curriculum of the M.Sc. course Global Change Management has been organized along the adaptive cycle of the MARISCO methodology, which has been derived from the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation and is a strictly ecosystem-based variant, especially focussing on vulnerability and risk management ( Over two semesters, students develop a global conceptual model, with ecosystems, stresses, key attributes, threats, strategies etc. being introduced in different modules. The focus is on contents rather than on practicing process and methodology (no systematic training of trainers), but all students get familiar with the various steps, including documentation and processing.Many of them apply AM in research semesters and/or master theses.yes201525-30
9Van Hall Larenstein (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands),Integrated into standard curriculum (one period, nine week course, 6 teaching hours per week)Tjibbe Stelwagen, Jorien Rippen (CCNet members):, jorien.rippen@hvhl.nlBSc.; offered once Dec-Jan 2012,2013, since then integrated in curriculum and running on its own. From 2019 the course will be scaled up to a larger group of studentsyes201225-30
10Klaus Toepfer Fellowship programme (Isle of Vilm, Germany),1-3 day short courseInternational Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm
Federal Agency for Nature Conservation Branch office Isle of Vilm
Not strictly academic; young professionalsevery two years20122080
11Technical University Berlin / Germany6 day weekend moduleDaniela, Lena, Felix Cybulla ( levels, various study programs, CCNet Europe Coaches (Daniela, Lena, Felix) coaching student-coaches-in-training who teach the students of TU Berlin4 courses over 2 years20152080
12University of Klagenfurt/Austria (with the E.C.O. Institute of Ecology)3 days introduction course into OS for Master Degree Students.Felix Cybulla ( offered once in 2011 but not continued (although the M. Sc. programme continuesno, only one time--2020
13Heinrich Böll Foundation Berlin (political foundation, close to the Green Party in Germany)2 day course for scholarship holders of the foundation (Bachelor Students of different Universities across Germany).Felix Cybulla ( 2012; very postive feedback but not continuedno, only one time--3030
14Salford UniversityDr. Jean Boubli,
15Department of Biology, University of PrishtinaIntegrated into standard curriculum, one semester (15 weeks, 4 teaching hours per week.
Prof. ass. Avni Hajdari
yes2016up to 2060
16Frankfurt Spring School on Conservation Project Management1- day short intro to OS within 3-week spring school
Prof. Meike Piepenbrink,
Co-hosted by FZG, WWF Germany, KFW Foundation; OS taught by WWF Germany staffyes20172575
17Pascal Paoli University, Corté, Corsica (France)2-day course for marine conservation Master students (12 hours). Introduction to OS based on a guided exercise on real case studies julien.semelin@fondationmava.orgVery positive feedback. Is now more integrated into the curriculum (with an evaluation) and earlier in the Master calendar (to allow for connections with other modules).yes20161545
18Ilia State University, School of Natural Sciences and Engineering (Tbilisi, Georgia)Integrated in the course Ecosystem Analysis and Management, as a 2-day active seminar. The course is taugh on master level for Nature management and Ecology program students Mary Kate Ugrekhelidze - marykate.ugrekhelidze@gmail.comThe course (including OS seminar) was developed within the process of reaccreditation of a master program in Nature Management. As soon as the program is re-accredited the course will run annually (planned from Fall Semester 2019)yes2019N/AN/AN/A
19Global Change Ecology (Graduate Program (M.Sc.) within the Elite Network of Bavaria), University of Bayreuth (Bayreuth, Germany)3-5 day workshop (8hrs/day)Sabina Khan - sabina.jehan.khan@gmail.comThis is not an official course within the program (i.e., no requirement, no grade, no credit). I noticed that the curriculum covered "how to manage scientific projects" but not "how to do adaptive management of conservation projects." Therefore, I am offering this optional (free) workshop for students in May 2019.

I will collect feedback from students immediately after the workshop, and one year later (after they have completed internships), to understand if and how the material has been helpful. I will also offer to the program's administration to host the workshop every year (even twice a year). Ideally, I would aim to work with admin to have the workshop as an official "Methods" course in the curriculum in which credits can be earned (or possibly as a winter/summer science school -- in which students from various universities can attend the workshop, along with students from GCE).

Currently, the only challenge is to spark the interests of students to attend the workshop -- my impression is that some/most do not yet see how it can be helpful. Further, I am a mature student in the same programme, and it could be that they do not see me as a "professional" with experience to teach the methodology. To address part of this issue, I will host a half-hour briefing, re: agenda, sample of workshop products from organisations and projects that have used the methodology, possibility to advance to Conservation Coaching, etc.
20University of Dschang, Cameroon10 day – 2 week intensive course Dr. Vivien M. MELI:; Prof. Martin Tchamba: Open Standards for adaptive management & project development; check with Anne Ntongho201720193 lecturers3 lecturers
21Garoua Wildlife College, Cameroon10 day – 2 week intensive courseMr. Michel Babale: mbabale@yahoo.frOpen Standards for adaptive management & project development; check with Anne Ntongho2015201910 lecturers10 lecturers
22Mbalmayo Forestry School, Cameroon10 day – 2 week intensive courseMr. Germain Mbock:; gmbocky@yahoo.frOpen Standards for adaptive management & project development ; check with Anne Ntongho2015201910 Lecturers10 Lecturers
23University of Cape Town, South Africa; Conservation Biology Masters Programme2-day intensive introduction (with guided exercises) to the OS as part of the MSc programme's coursework (conservation leadership module)Genevieve Pence; genpence@gmail.comThis has been taught annually with very positive feedback (course evaluation) starting in 2016. yes2016N/A~15~45
South America
24Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte – UFRN, Graduate Program in Botany, Ecology, and Zoology, Brazil; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BrazilPlanned – 10 day to 2 weeksLou Ann Dietz, Visiting Instructor;
Adriana R Carvalho, Professor-researcher,
25Insituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas, IPÊ/CBBC, Brazil; Nazaré Paulista, São Paulo, BrazilPlanned – 10 day to 2 weeksLou Ann Dietz, Visiting Instructor;
Eduardo Badialli, Coordinator,
26Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) + TAAOctober 2013
9-day course
Armando Valdes-VelasquezGraduate level
27Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia + CSA (Center for Environmental Sustainability) + TAA; PeruDecember 2013 or January 2014 10-day courseArmando Valdes-VelasquezOn-site (Punta San Juan, coastal marine protected area); graduate and undergraduate level
28Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima, Peru)Integrated into standard curriculum (semester long): 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019Armando Valdes-VelasquezUnder graduate level. 16 week-course, 1 3-hour session a week. Some group work required per week.yes2014~1032
29Universidad de los Andes + TAA; Venezuela. Postgraduate Studies in Tropical EcologyIntegradted into the standard curricula of the Master and Doctorate studies on Tropical Ecology. Interannual, two weeks course. From 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017Eulogio ChaconCourse named: Planificación para la conservación de la biodiversidad y adaptación al cambio climático. Include fieldwork.every two years20111668
30Universidad NUR + FCBC (Fundacion para la Conservacion del Bosque Chiquitano) + TAA; BoliviaOffered once 2012Julio Cesar SalinasPartial (the course is called Conservation Management at the Landscape Level); graduate level
Meso America
31CATIE, Costa Rico2 weeks course. Integrated into standard curriculum. Planned 2013.Bernal Herrera F. (CATIE)
32Universidad del Valle de Guatemala -UVG-It’s part of the BSc. in Biology, within the Ecosystem Assessment and Management course. Daniel Ariano- UVG-( has been used as a methodology for thesis fieldwork.yes20111070
North America
33University of California, Davis, CA USAEnvironmental Decison-MakingMark Schwartz, Professor, mwschwartz@ucdavis.edu2 week module within a 10 week course.
34University of California , Davis, CAConservation ManagementMark Schwartz, Professor, mwschwartz@ucdavis.edu2 week module within a 10 week course.
35University of California , Davis, CAGroup Projects in ConservationMark Schwartz, Professor, mwschwartz@ucdavis.eduThis has been an annual collaboration with the USFWS to write climate vulnerability and threats assessment for Refuges in CA. They use OA for their management plans, so we teach OA as a framework in which we assess climate change (and sometimes water delivery) as a threat
36University of Maryland, Graduate Program in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology; College Park, MD, USAIntegrated into standard curriculum (quarter or semester long)Vinaya Swaminathan, Foundations of Success, vinaya@fosonline.orgCurrently no university contact; Offered for 6 consecutive years as an integrated part of the CONS program, but is not being offered currently due to budget and faculty constraints. Still in high demand by the students though!
37Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute/George Mason University, Graduate Credit or Professional; Front Royal, VA, USAIntegrated into standard curriculum (10 day to 2 week class)Jim McNeil, Assistant Professor,
Kate Christen,
as its own course (MCCS 0507
38University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)Offered in a half day intense format as part of an interdisciplinary Masters/Doctoral studies programDr Franz Mueter invited the presentation - Ian Dutton delivered2010 and 2011
39Florida State UniversityCAP described conceptually with a few examples in a class session on environmental planning processesWill Butler
40Colorado State University, Conservation Leadership through Learning Masters Program2 day intensive workshopTerri Schulz
41Duke University, Nicholas School for the Environment, Durham, NC1-3 day courseDean Urban, Sara ChildsOffered once
42Monterey Institute of International Studies (a graduate school of Middlebury College), Monterey, CAIntegrated into a standard curriculum of quarter or semester long courseDr. Jeff Langholz, Professor, Graduate School of International Policy & Management;
(Jeff participated in the last CMP Summit )
43University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Environmental Conservation Professional Masters Program; Madison, WI10-week course in Conservation Planning that is integrated into EC Program as a requirement for completion of the EC Professional Masters ProgramNathan D. Schulfer
Director: International & Professional MS Programs
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Work Phone: +1-608-263-7771

Dr. Arlyne Johnson, UW-Madison Adjunct Faculty / Senior Lecturer
Foundations of Success
44University of California - Santa Barbara; Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Santa Barbara, CA1-3 Day Short Course, offered more than onceDr. Erica Fleishman,
45University of Maine, Orono, ME5 day short course, taught 2012 (?), March 2017 (JM), possibly winter 2019 or spring 2020Dr. Malcolm Hunter, professor, Mhunter@maine.eduFirst taught by CCNet coach Josh Royte and Barbara Vickery (2012?). No instructors for course since pilot was offered. Barbara Vickery - As an assistant teaching some modules and acting as “lab instructor”. I was asked to be the primary teach in 2013 and declined because I didn’t feel I had the time needed. John Morrison - I taught this graduate level class with the help of coaches Susan O'Neil, Brian Henkel, and Cathy Plume running breakout groups. Professors Mac and Aram indicated that they would like to continue running the course every other year, with the participation of Barbara Vickery.
46Yale School of Forestry & Environmental StudiesSemester long course in Spring 2015 (3 credits)
Dr. Amy VedderYes12
47Virginia TechOffered more than once, but not part of a standard curriculum

Quarter or Semester-long Course
Dr. Heather EvesMoving towards an online format
48University of VermontOffered once

1-3 Day Short Course
Bryan Foster2 Half-day online tutorials
49Macalester UniversityDr. Rob Rose at WCS,
50University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Gainesville, FLMost recent Fall 2014 format was and one 3-hour session for the first 4 weeks of the semester taking student teams through from vision statement to a draft conceptual model, followed by two 3-day intensive workshops taking students from revised conceptual model, through results chains, monitoring, and workplanning.Dr. Lyn Branch (,
Dr. Karl Didier (
4 unit graduate level course, taught typically in the fall, covering phases 1 and 2 of the Open Standards. Final course presentation is a “pitch presentation” as if presenting a project to a donor. Course has been offered in Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Spring 2019.
51University of Victoria, Continuing Studies, Victoria, BCJan-April every odd year integrated into a 14 week online course on Restoration Ecology.Dr. Emily Gonzales egonzale@uvic.caPost-bacclaureate online course aimed toward restoration practitioners in a certificate program. Offered Jan-April in 2015, 2017, 2019. Interestingly, most students appear to pick up results chains better (or not at all) than in-person workshops. Conceptual diagram done in small groups to foster co-creation of knowledge, peer supported learning and problem solving. Every2 years20153075
52University of California, Santa Barbara. Environmental Studies 193 CP (special topics, Conservation Planning)QuarterDr. Stephanie Moret
I use Groves and Game for a text and methodology; and the students have several Miradi exercises. The first two weeks are a crash course in Landscape Ecology. In small groups, the students select a species or ecosystem (encouraged) and create a Conservation Plan (which becomes part of their post bac portfolio). They also present their plan as a ppt poster to the class. Yes. Unless I teach 'Rivers'201630-4073
53University of Northern ColoradoSemesterChelsie L Romulo chelsie.romulo@unco.eduJust starting this upcoming fall as a special topics course. We are revamping our curriculum to be very focused on project and community engaged learning. Depending on how it goes, it may be a regular (once every two years) offering as a cross listed 400/500 course. Hopfully2019201
54Miami University, Ohio and San Diego Zoo Global Open Standards module offered as part of larger graduate-level curriculumDr. Andrew Bridges bridges@iws.orgAs part of a Master of Arts degree program offered through Miami University and San Diego Zoo Global, I teach a 3-day intensive OS workshop. The students do pre- and post-workshop follow up for their class projects. Regarding the program: "San Diego Zoo Global's (SDZG) Community Engagement team at the Institute for Conservation Research has joined a major national partnership to bring an innovation master's degree to Southern California. The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) from Miami University, Ohio, is an inquiry-driven learning experience that enables students to work directly with world-class SDZG scientists, experts and partners while completing web-based coursework through Miami University. The AIP is an exciting and affordable way to pursue your passion for conservation while earn a master’s degree and maintaining full-time work." Yes2018ongoing1212