The tree contains guidance for selecting and using tools that have been adapted to incorporate the principles of the Ecosystem Approach.

The tools are situated within six stages of a typical decision-making/policy cycle:

To help you select the most appropriate tool(s) and to highlight the key issues, each stage contains key questions and prompts for discussion.

If you are a first-time user or unfamiliar with the Ecosystem Approach in relation to tools, use the cycle on the tree.

If you have some prior knowledge or want to know more about specific types of tools, explore the roots of the tree.