The degree to which an area is impacted and changed due to human activities. An area with high naturalness has no or a low level of human-induced disturbance or degradation. This corresponds to a pristine or near pristine state.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD Secretariat) 2006 1
References & Websites
- CBD Secretariat (2006) Report of the scientific experts’ workshop on criteria for identifying ecologically or biologically significant areas beyond national jurisdiction- 6-8 December 2005, Ottawa, Canada. Document UNEP/CBD/COP/8/INF/39. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Curitiba, Brazil.