How to develop the Nature Conservation Strategies for the Netherlands?

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Ovaskainen , O 2013 , ' How to develop the Nature Conservation Strategies for the Netherlands? ' , De Levende Natuur , vol. 114 , no. 2 , pp. 59-62 . < http://www.delevendenatuur.nl/tijdschrift.php >

Title: How to develop the Nature Conservation Strategies for the Netherlands?
Author: Ovaskainen, Otso
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Biosciences
Date: 2013
Language: eng
Number of pages: 4
Belongs to series: De Levende Natuur
ISSN: 0024-1520
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/43056
Abstract: Habitat loss is globally one of the greatest threats to biodiversity (Hanski, 2005). In the case of The Netherlands, the vast majority of land area has been converted from natural habitats to urban developments and intensive agriculture. Especially relevant aspects of habitat deterioration include eutrophication and acidification (Reijnen et al., 2012). In this situation, well planned conservation measures are needed to ensure the persistence of the remaining biodiversity and to restore part of the biodiversity that has been lost already. Two central tools for achieving such aims are the enlargement of the present network of protected areas and improving the quality of existing protected areas. Given the cost of acquiring land and the pressures for alternative forms of land use, cost-effective conservation measures are needed; this calls for a combination of scientific knowledge and of local expertise.
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
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