Forest fragmentation threatens biodiversity

Research

Fragmentation of natural habitats plays a major role in reducing biodiversity – and today 70 per cent of the world’s remaining forest stands within one kilometre of a forest edge, putting biodiversity at great risk, according to a new analysis by a team of international scientists. The findings show unexpectedly large impacts of habitat fragmentation, the splintering of large ecosystems into smaller tracts as a result of activities such as road construction, logging and mining.