Decision Support Frameworks and Tools for Conservation

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Decision Support Frameworks and Tools for Conservation. / Schwartz, Mark; Cook, Carly; Pressey, Robert; Pullin, Andrew; Runge, Michael; Salafsky, Nick; Sutherland, William; Williamson, Matthew.

In: Conservation Letters, Vol. 11, No. 2, e12385, 03.2018.

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Schwartz, M, Cook, C, Pressey, R, Pullin, A, Runge, M, Salafsky, N, Sutherland, W & Williamson, M 2018, 'Decision Support Frameworks and Tools for Conservation', Conservation Letters, vol. 11, no. 2, e12385. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12385

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Schwartz, M., Cook, C., Pressey, R., Pullin, A., Runge, M., Salafsky, N., ... Williamson, M. (2018). Decision Support Frameworks and Tools for Conservation. Conservation Letters, 11(2), [e12385]. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12385

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Schwartz M, Cook C, Pressey R, Pullin A, Runge M, Salafsky N, Sutherland W, Williamson M. 2018. Decision Support Frameworks and Tools for Conservation. Conservation Letters. 11(2). https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12385

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Schwartz M, Cook C, Pressey R, Pullin A, Runge M, Salafsky N et al. Decision Support Frameworks and Tools for Conservation. Conservation Letters. 2018 Mar;11(2). e12385. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12385

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Schwartz, Mark ; Cook, Carly ; Pressey, Robert ; Pullin, Andrew ; Runge, Michael ; Salafsky, Nick ; Sutherland, William ; Williamson, Matthew. / Decision Support Frameworks and Tools for Conservation. In: Conservation Letters. 2018 ; Vol. 11, No. 2.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Decision Support Frameworks and Tools for Conservation

AU - Schwartz, Mark

AU - Cook, Carly

AU - Pressey, Robert

AU - Pullin, Andrew

AU - Runge, Michael

AU - Salafsky, Nick

AU - Sutherland, William

AU - Williamson, Matthew

PY - 2018/3

Y1 - 2018/3

N2 - The practice of conservation occurs within complex socioecological systems fraught with challenges that require transparent, defensible, and often socially engaged project planning and management. Planning and decision support frameworks are designed to help conservation practitioners increase planning rigor, project accountability, stakeholder participation, transparency in decisions, and learning. We describe and contrast five common frameworks within the context of six fundamental questions (why, who, what, where, when, how) at each of three planning stages of adaptive management (project scoping, operational planning, learning). We demonstrate that decision support frameworks provide varied and extensive tools for conservation planning and management. However, using any framework in isolation risks diminishing potential benefits since no one framework covers the full spectrum of potential conservation planning and decision challenges. We describe two case studies that have effectively deployed tools from across conservation frameworks to improve conservation actions and outcomes. Attention to the critical questions for conservation project planning should allow practitioners to operate within any framework and adapt tools to suit their specific management context. We call on conservation researchers and practitioners to regularly use decision support tools as standard practice for framing both practice and research.

AB - The practice of conservation occurs within complex socioecological systems fraught with challenges that require transparent, defensible, and often socially engaged project planning and management. Planning and decision support frameworks are designed to help conservation practitioners increase planning rigor, project accountability, stakeholder participation, transparency in decisions, and learning. We describe and contrast five common frameworks within the context of six fundamental questions (why, who, what, where, when, how) at each of three planning stages of adaptive management (project scoping, operational planning, learning). We demonstrate that decision support frameworks provide varied and extensive tools for conservation planning and management. However, using any framework in isolation risks diminishing potential benefits since no one framework covers the full spectrum of potential conservation planning and decision challenges. We describe two case studies that have effectively deployed tools from across conservation frameworks to improve conservation actions and outcomes. Attention to the critical questions for conservation project planning should allow practitioners to operate within any framework and adapt tools to suit their specific management context. We call on conservation researchers and practitioners to regularly use decision support tools as standard practice for framing both practice and research.

U2 - 10.1111/conl.12385

DO - 10.1111/conl.12385

M3 - Article

VL - 11

JO - Conservation Letters

JF - Conservation Letters

SN - 1755-263X

IS - 2

M1 - e12385

ER -