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Few, if any, environments are freed from human intervention. usually this generates ecosystems that are wealthy in biodiversity, historic curiosity, leisure chance and scenic good looks simply as precious of conservation because the extra common ecosystems on which defense programmes were nearly completely focussed.
These 'cultural landscapes', starting from the farm and woodland lands of Europe and jap North the USA, via to the pasture lands and savannas of the center East and Africa to the paddylands of the Pacific Rim, tend to be the manufactured from really low-level, sustainable exploitation of our surroundings over lengthy classes of time. Many have survived for hundreds of years, if no longer millennia, yet now city growth, depopulation of rural parts and, such a lot damagingly, the intensification of agricultural and sylvicultural practices, are all over the place resulting in a lack of their adored biodiversity and amenity. when earlier alterations have normally extra to the valued features of those landscapes, glossy farming and forestry are growing sterile monocultures at the larger land while marginal lands are being abandoned.
This publication records those adjustments, illustrates them via special case reports of a consultant choice of threatened landscapes, analyses their underlying factors and explores methods in which they could stay maintained, or new landscapes created which continue their wanted features.

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