Why do we map threats?

Conservation organisations and resource managers regularly use maps of threats to prioritize effort. In response to increasing reliance on threat maps for making conservation decisions, we just published an exciting paper in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, titled "Why do we map threats? Linking threat mapping with actions to make better conservation decisions". In this article, we argue that a decision-theoretic approach that identifies and evaluates threat management options is the logical way of dealing with threats to biodiversity.