Excessive land usage

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Other Names:
Destructive intensification of land use

Intensifying land use has generally brought with it a simplification of ecosystems and a reduction of biodiversity. Important causes and disturbances are deforestation, fragmentation of ecosystems, regulation of water streams, monocultures, selective breeding, abandoning of traditional crop varieties and livestock breeds, excessive application of agrochemicals and urbanization.


Land-cover changes contribute around one-fifth of annual carbon dioxide releases.

Geography Land type/use
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST