DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 8 JUNE, 17:00 CEST
BiodivERsA has been invited to participate in a horizon scan exercise driven by William J. Sutherland to identify emerging issues for Global conservation and biological diversity.
BiodivERsA was already invited the past two years to participate in this exercise. This resulted in having three of the topics suggested through the BiodivERsA channel selected among the final list of the 15 most important emerging issues (one in the 2018 Horizon Scan topics selected among 117 initially proposed – including 5 channelled through BiodivERsA; two in the 2019 Horizon Scan selected among 91 topics – including 5 channelled through BiodivERsA; and two in the 2020 Horizon Scan selected among 89 topics – including 5 channelled through BiodivERsA).
The objective of this exercise (which exists since 2008) is to identify emerging topics that are not yet widely known or understood in the conservation community but that could have substantial effects on biological diversity at a large scale in the medium to long term. The aim of identifying such emerging topics is to focus attention and stimulate debate about these subjects, potentially leading to new research foci, policy developments, or business innovations.
For the 2021 horizon scan exercise BiodivERsA will collect, select and present a few emerging topics.
In this context, we invite you to submit topics that you find particularly relevant for this exercise, together with a short rational for each (200-250 words max.) explaining (i) the novelty of the issue; (ii) why this topic is important at a global scale, and (iii) to what extent it represents an opportunity or a risk. Please provide key references – peer-reviewed scientific papers, grey literature, websites…- in support of the rationales (see application form).
Please note that issues must be novel, and the implications for the environment must be clear. It is important that issues are not well known, and have not been submitted before, unless there has since been a significant advance in the area. We are looking for issues that most of people have not heard of.
If the topic you suggest is selected among the final list of top emerging issues, you will be acknowledged as the source of this topic.
Filll in the APPLICATION FORM, with your topic title and rationales
Deadline to submit an application form: 8 June 2020, 17:00 CEST
For any question, please contact