Journal article

Practical solutions for making models indispensable in conservation decision-making

Prue FE Addison, Libby Rumpff, S Sana Bau, Janet M Carey, Yung En Chee, Frith C Jarrad, Marissa F McBride, Mark A Burgman



Aim: Decision-making for conservation management often involves evaluating risks in the face of environmental uncertainty. Models support decision-making by (1) synthesizing available knowledge in a systematic, rational and transparent way and (2) providing a platform for exploring and resolving uncertainty about the consequences of management decisions. Despite their benefits, models are still not used in many conservation decision-making contexts. In this article, we provide evidence of common objections to the use of models in environmental decision-making. In response, we present a series of practical solutions for modellers to help improve the effectiveness and relevance of their work i..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This article arose from a workshop funded by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis (ACERA) and the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), and was attended by scientists from both research groups. We thank all members of the workshop who contributed to the discussion from which this paper research arose, and P. Rees and L. Flander for helpful suggestions and comments on an early version of this manuscript. We also thank M. Runge and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on a previous version of this manuscript.PFEA is funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award and Parks Victoria's Research Partners Panel program. LR and YEC acknowledge the support of the University of Melbourne's Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Scheme 2012 and are funded by LP110100321 and LP110100304 respectively.