Ecological Connectivity: A Bridge to Preserving Biodiversity - Frontiers 2018/19: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern Chapter 2

United Nations Environment Programme (2019)

Nature was once vast and boundless, but in an industrialized, 21st century world, this is no longer the case. Across the globe, landscapes and seascapes are becoming more fragmented. Fragmentation is typically a symptom of landscape transformation and destruction. Maintaining or restoring connectivity between fragmented habitats or landscape patches has been identified as the key to counteracting many of the negative impacts of fragmentation. Connectivity can be defined as the degree to which landscapes and seascapes allow species to move freely and ecological processes to function unimpeded.

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