A 2021 horizon scan of emerging global biological conservation issues
We present the results from our 12th annual horizon scan of issues likely to impact biological conservation in the future. From a list of 97 topics, our global panel of 25 scientists and practitioners identified the top 15 issues that we believe society may urgently need to address. These issues are either novel in the biological conservation sector or represent a substantial positive or negative step-change in impact at global or regional level. Six issues, such as coral reef deoxygenation and changes in polar coastal productivity, affect marine or coastal ecosystems and seven relate to human and ecosystem-level responses to climate change. Identification of potential forthcoming issues for biological conservation may enable increased preparedness by researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers.
Authors: Sutherland, William J., Atkinson, Philip W., Broad, Steven, Brown, Sam, Clout, Mick, Dias, Maria P., Dicks, Lynn V., Doran, Helen, Fleishman, Erica, Garratt, Elizabeth L., Gaston, Kevin J., Hughes, Alice C., Le Roux, Xavier, Lickorish, Fiona A., Maggs, Luke, Palardy, James E., Peck, Lloyd S. ORCID record for Lloyd S. Peck, Pettorelli, Nathalie, Pretty, Jules, Spalding, Mark D., Tonneijck, Femke H., Walpole, Matt, Watson, James E.M., Wentworth, Jonathan, Thornton, Ann