Systematic decision-making is increasingly being used in conservation, but uptake is still slow. One of the reasons for this is the bewildering array of tools, many of which can seem complicated to a new user. In our new paper in Conservation Letters, we try to make the choice of decision-making tool easier. We recommend using structured decision-making (or a similar adaptive tool) as a backbone, and allowing other tools to feed into the process as appropriate. We also note that decision-making processes do not have to be onerous, and that simplified versions of tools can be used when time and budgets are very limited – as is often the case.
Another very interesting paper on the topic can be found here.