Where is habitat destruction most common?
Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Amazonian tropical rainforest areas of South America are the main regions with unsustainable agricultural practices or government mismanagement. Areas of high agricultural output tend to have the highest extent of habitat destruction.
What is the threat of habitat destruction?
Habitat loss is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity—it is the number one reason species go extinct. Clearcutting forests to create fields, filling in wetlands to build houses, and creating dams that change river flow are all examples of habitat destruction.
Who is responsible for habitat destruction?
Human activity is by far the biggest cause of habitat loss. The planet’s human population has doubled in the past 50 years and the pressure to house and feed more than seven billion people has seen incursions into previously pristine natural habitats increase dramatically.
What is your own understanding of habitat destruction?
Habitat destruction, defined as the elimination or alteration of the conditions necessary for animals and plants to survive, not only impacts individual species but the health of the global ecosystem. Habitat loss is primarily, though not always, human-caused.
What are the cause of biodiversity and destruction?
Habitat destruction is a major cause of biodiversity loss. Habitat loss is caused by deforestation, overpopulation, pollution, and global warming. Species that are physically large and those living in forests or oceans are more affected by habitat reduction.
How does habitat destruction cause extinction?
When a habitat is destroyed, the plants, animals and other organisms that occupy the habitat have reduced their carrying capacity or ability to survive, to the point that populations decline and become extinct.
How can we prevent habitat destruction?
Combat habitat loss in your community by creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat® near your home, school, or business. Plant native plants and put out a water source so that you can provide the food, water, cover, and places to raise young that wildlife need to survive.