A new wilderness for Central Europe? — The potential for large strictly protected forest reserves in Germany

  title={A new wilderness for Central Europe? — The potential for large strictly protected forest reserves in Germany},
  author={Sebastian Brackhane and Nicolas Schoof and Albert Reif and Christine B. Schmitt},
  journal={Biological Conservation},
Abstract The German National Strategy on Biological Diversity (NBS) aims to establish wilderness areas on 2% of the German terrestrial territory by 2020, however wilderness areas in Germany currently only cover 0.6% of the total land area. Operationalizing the wilderness concept in densely populated countries like Germany where few primary habitats remain is challenging. In this study, we developed minimum criteria (including fragmentation, compactness and size) for forest wilderness areas and… 
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