Landscape fragmentation

The indicator ´Landscape fragmentation´ is a measure of the degree to which movement between different parts of the landscape is interrupted by barriers. The more barriers fragmenting the landscape, the higher the effective mesh density. Landscape fragmentation contributes significantly to the decline and loss of wildlife populations and to the increasing endangerment of species in Europe. (Definition Eurostat)

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Unit of Measurement: 

Effective mesh density Seff (number of meshes per 1000 km²)

Description to get data: 

The website of Europe 2020 indicators provides the main tables. 'Under Resource efficiency indicators', select 'Biodiversity' and then select 'landscape fragmentation'. In this section meta data are described (methodology) as well as data are provided.

Type of Indicator source: 

  • Statistical office