REDECKER, B., FINCK, P., HÄRDTLE, W., RIECKEN, U., SCHRÖDER, E. (Eds.) (2002):
Pasture Landscapes and Nature Conservation
435 pp., 167 figs., 57 in colour. Hardcover
Numerous European landscapes and habitats - both natural and cultural - developed and
persisted through the activities of large herbivores. In many cases
these landscapes originally were characterised by a high biodiversity and therefore are of extraordinary importance from a nature conservation perspective. However due to the ongoing intensivation and industrialisation of agricultural land use during the last decades species and habitats especially of open and
semi-open areas have increasingly become endangered. Furthermore the
remaining more extensively used sites are facing the risk of
In several European countries the establishment and preservation of "pasture landscapes" with a mixed character of open grassland, shrubs and forests has been recognized as a suitable strategy which offers solutions both for nature conservation and traditional farming systems.
Realising the demand for the exchange of ideas and experiences on a European scale the University of Lüneburg and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation organized the "1. International Workshop on Pasture Landscapes and Nature Conservation" in March 2001.
The resulting proceedings give an overview on the importance of existing pastoral systems, nature conservation policies and strategies and present results of scientific research and practical experiences with large scale grazing systems.
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