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Species Survival in Relation to Habitat Quality, Size, and Isolation: Summary Conclusions and Future Directions

  • K. Henle
  • P. Poschlod
  • C. Margules
  • J. Settele
Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 35)

Abstract

Current estimates of species extinctions indicate a sharp increase in extinction rates over the past two decades due to human-caused changes in habitats (Korneck & Sukopp 1988, Henle & Streit 1990). The most noticeable and probably most important change is the reduction of the amount of (semi-)natural habitat primarily due to the expansion of agriculture and increased deforestation but also due to urbanization in densly populated Central Europe (Vos & Zonneveld 1993). A cycle of agricultural development followed by overexploitation of the land and destruction of forests has been repeated throughout recorded history. Two-and-a-half millenia ago, Plato voiced his concern about the destruction of the land in his contemporary Attica (Oedekoven 1992).

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Habitat Quality Conservation Biology Environmental Impact Assessment Habitat Model Fragmentation Experiment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Henle
    • 1
  • P. Poschlod
    • 2
  • C. Margules
    • 3
  • J. Settele
    • 1
  1. 1.Department Semi-natural LandscapesCentre for Environmental Research (UFZ)LeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Biology, Department of Nature Conservation IIPhilipps-University MarburgMarburgGermany
  3. 3.Division of Wildlife & EcologyCSIROLynehamAustralia

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