In response to increasing reliance on threat maps for making conservation decisions, I have been privileged to be a part of 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”. This paper was the result of a rewarding collaboration between a number of early career researchers and established academics from Australian, European and American institutions, led by Ayesha and Viv Tulloch. We argue that a decision-theoretic approach is needed for dealing with threats to biodiversity. We show how threat mapping can be incorporated within a transparent and repeatable framework to ensure clear objectives are linked to outcomes for biodiversity.