A 2021 Horizon Scan of Emerging Global Biological Conservation Issues

1st December 2020

The 12th annual horizon scan of issues likely to impact biological conservation in the future has been published. Led by CCI Council Member and Cambridge University conservation biologist Prof. William Sutherland, a global panel of 25 scientists and practitioners identified the top 15 issues from a list of 97 topics, 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.

The review is published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution and you can access it here