Saving Insects

Roadmap to insect conservation and recovery, calling for action at short-, intermediate- and long-term timescales.

A growing number of studies are providing evidence that human activities — habitat loss and fragmentation, pollution, invasive species, climate change and overharvesting — are seriously reducing insect and other invertebrate abundance, diversity and biomass across the biosphere. There is now a strong scientific consensus that the decline of insects, other arthropods and biodiversity as a whole, is a very real and serious threat that society must urgently address. Harvey et al proposed a global ‘roadmap’ for insect conservation and recovery, represented in the figure below.