A Call for Conservation Scientists to Empirically Study the Effects of Human Population Policies on Biodiversity Loss [post]

Niki Rust, Laura Kehoe
2018 unpublished
The world is changing more quickly now than it ever has before, predominantlydue to our large consumption rates and population size. Despite this epoch beingwell-accepted as the "Anthropocene", it is surprising that there is still a lack ofwillingness by many conservation scientists to engage with the consequencesof human population dynamics on biodiversity. We highlight the importanceof addressing the effects of our population abundance, density and growthrate on conservation and note that
more » ... n and note that environmental organisations are beginningto embrace this problem but the take-up amongst conservation researchers toempirically study their effect on biodiversity is slow. We argue that the lack ofpublished research may partly be because the topic is still considered taboo. Wetherefore urge conservation scientists to direct more of their research efforts onthis issue, particularly to examples that highlight the effects of Population, Healthand Environment (PHE) projects and female education initiatives on biodiversity.
doi:10.31235/osf.io/ny5ge fatcat:mqjt7wzmorbipkldv37xwt4qau