York research on the responses of species to habitat fragmentation has
led to a paradigm shift in
the approach to conservation that has permeated non-governmental
governmental agencies and intergovernmental bodies; the traditional
concept of protecting and
managing populations of species in isolated reserves has largely been
replaced by landscape-scale
conservation strategies, which increase the long-term survival of species.
This new approach
is now accepted government policy and has altered practical land
designation and management for
conservation over millions of hectares in the UK, as well as affecting the
strategies adopted by
most global conservation organisations and countries in the world.