The overriding objective of this project is to integrate scientific and traditional knowledge and evaluate ecological and social implications for the adaptive management suggested in the state run Action Plan for Hay Meadows in Norway (APHM).
The primary objective is to integrate scientific and traditional knowledge and evaluate ecological and social implications for the adaptive management of biodiversity in semi-natural hay meadows. The three sub-goals are: 1) to assess management strategies at the local scale and how traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) can improve these strategies, 2) to assess the spatial scale at which management plans have to be implemented to sustain the biodiversity, e.g., to what extent does the wider landscape need to be taken into consideration, and 3) to assess the knowledge cultures and the cultural sustainability of the action plan measures. The project will provide new insights in the implications of ecological mechanisms, TEK, landscape composition, scale, structural constraints and knowledge cultures on high valued hay meadow management strategies. This insight will be applied to the Action Plan for Hay Meadows in Norway by developing and sharing knowledge between farmers and other land managers, authorities and scientists.