Legally protect shrubland
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Legal protection can be given to habitats on a national or international scale. Levels of protection vary for habitats and may range from protection against all but light human use to allowing sustainable use of natural resources. Depending on the level of protection, human activities that are likely to affect protected habitats may be against the law or require licences from a government licensing authority.
Please note that studies comparing shrubland vegetation inside and outside of a protected area are not included as they do not directly test the effect of legally protecting shrubland. Any differences in vegetation may have existed before protected areas were designated.