smallFOREST

biodiversity and ecosystem services of small forest fragments in European landscapes

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2014, October, Jaan Liira (Tartu University), just published two papers from local activity which also targets on the ecosystem provision group at forest margins in agricultural landscape

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In many parts of Europe, the original forest cover has strongly reduced and forests presently occur as small fragments, often embedded in an intensively used agricultural matrix. Despite their small size, these forest patches often act as refugia for biodiversity and may provide a wide range of ecosystem services to human society.