Appreciation of current and future functions of grassland by international stakeholders in Europe

A. van den Pol-van Dasselaar, P. Golinski, D. Hennessy, C. Huyghe, G. Parente, J.L. Peyraud, M.W.J. Stienezen

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    Abstract

    Grasslands are the main focus of the EU-project MultiSward. Identifying stakeholder requirements and expectations with respect to multi-functionality of grasslands within Europe is part of MultiSward. A questionnaire among different stakeholders and different regions in Europe provided insight into the appreciation of the current and future functions of grasslands in Europe. The 2011 and 2012 results showed that the different functions of grasslands are highly recognized and appreciated. The large European grassland area is essential for economy, environment and people. The results of the questionnaire provided insight in the value of the different ecosystem services that grasslands provide and of different components of these services for different stakeholders in different regions. Generally, the provisioning services were considered especially valuable, followed by the regulating and supporting services, and finally the cultural services, although rankings did vary somewhat between countries and regions. We conclude that grasslands are considered by all stakeholders to be a valuable resource in Europe. Maintaining or increasing the importance of the different functions and services of grassland in Europe is a challenge for the coming years.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe role of grasslands in a green future: threats and perspectives in less favoured areas. Proceedings of the 17th Symposium of the European Grassland Federation, Akureyri, Iceland, 23-26 June 2013
    EditorsÁ. Helgadóttir, A. Hopkins
    PublisherCAB International
    Pages219-221
    Volume18
    ISBN (Print)9789979881209
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventThe role of grasslands in a green future: threats a perspectives in less favoured areas. Proceedings of the 17th Symposium of the European Grassland Federation, Akureyri, Iceland, 23-26 June 2013" -
    Duration: 23 Jun 201326 Jun 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceThe role of grasslands in a green future: threats a perspectives in less favoured areas. Proceedings of the 17th Symposium of the European Grassland Federation, Akureyri, Iceland, 23-26 June 2013"
    Period23/06/1326/06/13

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