Grassland conservation across European landscapes protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services with ecological networks

About the project

They are valued for their biodiversity and ecosystem services (ES) and have often been formed by traditional agricultural land-use. They are increasingly challenged by changes in farm management and land-use through both intensification and abandonment. Aligning biodiversity and ES conservation agendas with sustainable agricultural land-use is an important societal priority. Integrating social-ecological knowledge on grassland use in protected areas provides an important basis for developing and maintaining protected landscapes and for optimizing the use of scarce public resources.

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Project period

01/04/2023 - 31/03/2026

Collaboration partners

Dr. Martin Schönhart, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna 

Dr. Robert Huber, Agricultural Economics and Policy ETH, Zürich 

Dr. Yvonne Fabian, Federal Office of Agriculture Agroscope, Zürich 

Prof. Mike Gormally, National University of Ireland, Galway 

Dr. Peter Zander, Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e.V., Müncheberg 

Prof. Kalev Sepp, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu 

Dr. Zander Venter, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Trondheim 


Biodiversa+ (contribution for Norwegian partners from Research Council of Norway) 


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