The heritage of biodiversity is under threat according to a new European Environment Agency study

Protecting Europe’s landscapes

Cultural landscapes, the work of nature and man combined, are key to managing ecosystems and the services they provide, says a recent European Environment Agency study. The results of the report Cultural landscapes and biodiversity heritage reveal that enormous technological advances since the 18th century have fundamentally altered land use.

Transport infrastructure and urbanisation have fragmented habitats. Intensified agriculture has created a more homogenised landscape that threatens the diversity of habitats, species and genes. Another key realisation was that natural surroundings shape human culture in their spiritual, aesthetic and recreational properties.

Labelling and certification schemes that promotes local produce as well as the European Landscape Convention can help to protect the future of Europe’s biodiverse heritage.

Read the full report 10 messages for 2010 – Cultural landscapes and biodiversity heritage

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