Published Friday, 13 August 2010

EEA Report Highlights Abandonment and Intensification Threats to Mountain Areas 

IEEP Analysis Briefing: Agriculture and Rural Development

A new report released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on mountain ecosystems in Europe highlights the importance of these areas for biodiversity and lists agricultural intensification and abandonment as key threats. The report highlights the role low intensity farming plays in maintaining mountain biodiversity and stresses the need for the integration of management strategies to help combat the negative trends in biodiversity seen in mountain ecosystems.