The severity of the biodiversity crisis requires bold actions. A singularly cautionary response to new technologies is not appropriate if the world intends to revert biodiversity loss and avoid further extinctions. The journal Conservation Science and Practice recently released its special issue announcing the Intended Consequences Initiative, which calls for rebalancing the risk-benefit equation when considering conservation interventions.

The special issue and the initiative are grounded with a call to action in the “Intended Consequences Statement,” authored by 46 Intended Consequences Workshop participants that took place in June 2020. The document emphasises the need to consider the cost of inaction and the potential benefits of developing and implementing novel conservation tools.

The Intended Consequences special issue is freely available to the public. The conservation community and other stakeholders are invited to support the initiative on the Revive & Restore website.