A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2012
Our aim in conducting annual horizon scans is to identify
issues that, although currently receiving little
attention, may be of increasing importance to the conservation of biological diversity in the future. The 15
issues presented here were identified by a diverse team
of 22 experts in horizon scanning, and conservation
science and its application. Methods for identifying
and refining issues were the same as in two previous
annual scans and are widely transferable to other disciplines.
The issues highlight potential changes in climate,
technology and human behaviour. Examples
include warming of the deep sea, increased cultivation
of perennial grains, burning of Arctic tundra, and the
development of nuclear batteries and hydrokinetic instream
Authors: Sutherland, William J., Aveling, Ros, Bennun, Leon, Chapman, Eleanor, Clout, Mick, Côte, Isabelle M., Depledge, Michael H., Dicks, Lynn V., Dobson, Andrew P., Fellman, Liz, Fleishman, Erica, Gibbons, David W., Keim, Brandon, Lickorish, Fiona, Lindenmayer, David B., Monk, Kathryn A., Norris, Kenneth, Peck, Lloyd, Prior, Stephanie V., Scharlemann, Jörn P.W., Spalding, Mark, Watkinson, Andrew R.