A horizon scan of emerging issues for global conservation in 2019

William J. Sutherland, Steven Broad, Stuart H.M. Butchart, Stewart J. Clarke, Alexandra M. Collins, Lynn V. Dicks, Helen Doran, Nafeesa Esmail, Erica Fleishman, Nicola Frost, Kevin J. Gaston, David W. Gibbons, Alice C. Hughes, Zhigang Jiang, Ruth Kelman, Becky LeAnstey, Xavier le Roux, Fiona A. Lickorish, Kathryn A. Monk, Diana MortimerJames W. Pearce-Higgins, Lloyd S. Peck, Nathalie Pettorelli, Jules Pretty, Colleen L. Seymour, Mark D. Spalding, Jonathan Wentworth, Nancy Ockendon

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Abstract

We present the results of our tenth annual horizon scan. We identified 15 emerging priority topics that may have major positive or negative effects on the future conservation of global biodiversity, but currently have low awareness within the conservation community. We hope to increase research and policy attention on these areas, improving the capacity of the community to mitigate impacts of potentially negative issues, and maximise the benefits of issues that provide opportunities. Topics include advances in crop breeding, which may affect insects and land use; manipulations of natural water flows and weather systems on the Tibetan Plateau; release of carbon and mercury from melting polar ice and thawing permafrost; new funding schemes and regulations; and land-use changes across Indo-Malaysia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-94
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume34
Issue number1
Early online date13 Dec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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