Cause of loss of heath and scrub

Figure Created 08 Jul 2011 Published 13 Jul 2012 Last modified 06 Nov 2017
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European data


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Between 2000 and 2006, 84 % of the change to the area of heath and scrub was due to conversion from transitional woodland to forest. However, in relation to land conversion, the previous coverage of newly developed heathlands and scrublands should be taken into account. For example, when heathlands and scrublands grow on burnt forest areas or abandoned pastures, this might be associated with a loss in biodiversity value.

A more detailed analysis of causes of loss focused on heaths and sclerophyllous vegetation shows that 41 % of losses are due to conversions to forests, 22 % due to fires and 21 % due to conversion to agriculture.


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