Horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2011

William J. Sutherland, Sarah Bardsley, Leon Bennun, Mick Clout, Isabelle M. Cote, Michael Depledge, Lynn Dicks, Andrew Dobson, Liz Fellman, Erica Fleishman, David Gibbons, Andrew Impey, John Lawton, Fiona Lickorish, David B. Lindenmayer, Thomas Lovejoy, Ralph MAC NALLY, Jane Madgwick, Lloyd Peck, Jules PrettyStephanie Prior, Kent Redford, Jorn Scharlemann, Mark Spalding, Andrew Watkinson

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This review describes outcomes of a 2010 horizon-scanning exercise building upon the first exercise conducted in 2009. The aim of both horizon scans was to identify emerging issues that could have substantial impacts on the conservation of biological diversity, and to do so sufficiently early to encourage policy-relevant, practical research onthose issues.Our group included professional horizon scanners and researchers affiliated with universities and non- and inter-governmental organizations, including specialists on topics such as invasive species, wildlife diseases and coral reefs. We identified 15 nascent issues, including new greenhouse gases, genetic techniques to eradicate mosquitoes, milk consumption in Asia and societal pessimism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-16
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Ecology Evolution
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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