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Main Title Large-scale Livestock Grazing A Management Tool for Nature Conservation / [electronic resource] :
Author Plachter, Harald.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Hampicke, Ulrich.
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg,
Year Published 2010
Call Number QE38
ISBN 9783540686675
Subjects Environmental sciences ; Life sciences ; Geography ; Applied Ecology ; Landscape ecology
Internet Access
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Collation XVIII, 478 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Livestock Grazing and Nature Conservation Objectives in Europe -- Extensive Livestock Farming - an Alternative Form of Nature Conservation Management? -- The Areas of Investigation -- Method Development -- Microscale Effects -- Mesoscale Effects -- Effects on Landscape Level -- Implementation of Large-Scale Grazing -- Nature Conservation Accounting for Large-Scale Livestock Grazing. One of the main objectives of nature conservation in Europe is to protect valuable cultural landscapes characterized by a mixture of open habitats and hedges, trees and patchy woodland (semi-open landscapes).The development of these landscapes during the past decades has been characterized by an ongoing intensification of land use on the one hand, and an increasing number of former meadows and pastures becoming fallow as a result of changing economic conditions on the other hand. Since species adapted to open and semi-open landscapes contribute to biodiversity in Europe in a major way, this development is of great concern to nature conservation. In several countries largescale, nature-adapted pastoral systems have been recognized as one solution to this problem. These systems could offer an alternative to industrial livestock raising and keep a high biodiversity on the landscape level. Against the background of livestock diseases such as BSE and Foot and Mouth Disease and the efforts to reform the Common Agricultural Policy in the EU by changing the criteria for agricultural subsidies, these concepts gain particular significance.They could also represent an alternative to the established, costly habitat management tools.