When a natural habitat, such as a forest or wetland, is altered so dramatically that it no longer supports the species it originally sustained. Plant and animal populations are destroyed or displaced, leading to a loss of biodiversity.
Sodhi & Ehrlich 2010 1
Note: Habitat destruction is taken as synonymous with habitat loss.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 2010 2
References & Websites
- Sodhi NS, & Ehrlich PR (eds) Conservation Biology for All. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK,
- CITES Secretariat (2010) Resolution Conf. 9.24 (Rev. CoP15)- Criteria for amendment of Appendices 1 and 2. Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Doha, Qatar.