This horizon scanning exercise presents 15 key issues that, although currently receiving little attention, may be of increasing importance to the conservation of biological diversity in the future. The issues presented in this piece of research 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 in-stream turbines.
The full article was published in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution and is available here.
Sutherland, WJ et al. A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2012, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 27, Issue 1, January 2012.