Semi-natural habitats have ecological assemblages that have been substantially modified in their composition, balance or function by human activities. They may have evolved through traditional agricultural, pastoral or other human activities and depend on their continuation to retain their characteristic composition, structure and function. Despite not being natural, these habitats and ecosystems often have high value in terms of biodiversity and the services they provide.
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Note: The term ‘semi-natural habitats’ may be used, and defined, broadly across conservation science, policy, legislation and the performance standards of multilateral development banks.