Global mismatch of policy and research on drivers of biodiversity loss

Nat Ecol Evol. 2018 Jul;2(7):1071-1074. doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0563-x. Epub 2018 May 21.


The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for urgent actions to reduce global biodiversity loss. Here, we synthesize >44,000 articles published in the past decade to assess the research focus on global drivers of loss. Relative research efforts on different drivers are not well aligned with their assessed impact, and multiple driver interactions are hardly considered. Research on drivers of biodiversity loss needs urgent realignment to match predicted severity and inform policy goals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biodiversity*
  • Conservation of Natural Resources*
  • Extinction, Biological*
  • Policy*
  • Research*