• Land is cleared to make space for agriculture and housing. 

Land clearing threatens biodiversity because:

  • The fields and residential areas that replace the cleared forests do not have the same diversity of life. 
  • Agricultural land cannot support the same diversity of animals that forests can. 

Conserving Biodiversity Through Wise Land Management

  • Governments and international agencies pass laws to protect biodiversity. 
  • Replanting of native forests is promoted by Coillte, the state-sponsored company that manages Irish forests. 
  • Creating national parks: creating nature reserves protects areas of significant biodiversity.