A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2016

William J. Sutherland, Steven Broad, Jacqueline Caine, Mick Clout, Lynn V. Dicks, Helen Doran, Abigail C. Entwistle, Erica Fleishman, David W. Gibbons, Brandon Keim, Becky LeAnstey, Fiona A. Lickorish, Paul Markillie, Kathryn A. Monk, Diana Mortimer, Nancy Ockendon, James W. Pearce-Higgins, Lloyd S. Peck, Jules Pretty, Johan RockstromMark D. Spalding, Femke H. Tonneijck, Bonnie C. Wintle, Katherine E. Wright

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This paper presents the results of our seventh annual horizon scan, in which we aimed to identify issues that could have substantial effects on global biological diversity in the future, but are not currently widely well known or understood within the conservation community. Fifteen issues were identified by a team that included researchers, practitioners, professional horizon scanners, and journalists. The topics include use of managed bees as transporters of biological control agents, artificial superintelligence, electric pulse trawling, testosterone in the aquatic environment, building artificial oceanic islands, and the incorporation of ecological civilization principles into government policies in China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-53
Number of pages10
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number1
Early online date11 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


  • foresight
  • futures
  • horizon scanning
  • environmental threat
  • environmental opportunity
  • biological diversity

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