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GREEN AFRICA: Degradation and Fragmentation

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:Degradation is “the temporary or permanent deterioration in the density or structure of vegetation cover or species composition, resulting from the removal of plants and trees important in the life cycle of other species, from erosion, and from other adverse changes in the local environment.”  Fragmentation “arises from road construction and similar human intrusions in forest areas; it leaves forest edges vulnerable to increased degradation through changes in micro-climates, loss of native species and the invasion of alien species, and further disturbances by human beings.”

Degradation and fragmentation makes up much larger area than does deforestation. They also have a greater impact on the diversity of animals and plant life.


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