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Land management and biodiversity through time in upper Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire, UK: understanding the impact of traditional management

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Publication date2013
Host publicationCultural severance and the environment : the ending of traditional and customary practice on commons and landscapes managed in common
EditorsIan D. Rotherham
Place of publicationDordrecht
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-007-6159-9
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-6158-2
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameEnvironmental History


The role of anthropogenic land use in the maintenance of culturally-derived ecosystems has been central to the development of thinking in the ecosystems approach (CBD 2000; Defra 2007, 2010). It is now widely recognised that in Europe, where there is a long cultural history of land use, the highly valued semi-natural habitats of the upland commons rely on traditional management techniques for their maintenance and survival. Similarly the gradual greening of the Common Agricultural Policy as a post-productivist environmental payment provides added incentive to combine policy for social and ecological systems and to highlight the value of traditional management.