A Horizon Scan of Global Conservation Issues for 2016

Peer-reviewed paper by Nancy Ockendon, Steven Broad, William Sutherland, Bonnie Wintle, Jacqueline Caine, Mike Clout, Lynn V Dicks, Helen Doran, Abigail C Entwistle, Erica Fleishman, David W Gibbons, Brandon Keim, Becky LeAnstey, Fiona A Lickorish, Kathryn A Monk, Diana Mortimer, James W Pearce-Higgins, Lloyd S Peck, Jules Pretty, Johan Rockström, Mark D Spalding, Femke H Tonneijck, Katherine E Wright
Published on 11 December 2015


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.

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