Conserving grasslands in the Thuringian Forest Nature Park by optimized, whole-farm management concepts
For the conservation and sustainable use of temperate grasslands the project aims at developing and implementing a method for the large-scale assessment and evaluation of grasslands. Furthermore, the project intends to develop optimized, whole-farm management concepts. Based on that, recommendations on how to optimize agri-environment schemes will be provided.
Permanent grasslands are key elements of agricultural landscapes in Europe. However, traditional permanent grassland systems are threatened by either intensification or abandonment. Particularly grasslands in upland regions like the Thurengian Forest are in decline due to cessation of management and subsequent woody plant encroachment. The conservation of these grasslands by means of regionally adapted management practices is labor intensive and the use of the forage is not economically viable anymore. The ongoing decline of these grasslands has severe consequences, since upland grasslands have shaped the cultural landscape for centuries and contribute to the attractiveness of the countryside. Furthermore, upland grasslands play an important role for the conservation of biodiversity, the protection of water sources and soils and mitigating climate change.
The project “Conserving grasslands in the Thuringian Forest Nature Park by optimized, whole-farm management concepts” aims at developing whole-farm management and cultivation concepts to conserve upland grasslands. These concepts build on a thorough assessment and evaluation of the different types of permanent grasslands in the Thuringian Forest Nature Park. To enable the determination of grassland vegetation types and corresponding grassland plants, a field guide will be developed and verified. Further, the project aims to qualify young farmers and to organize information workshops for regional groups of stakeholders to ensure effective transfer of knowledge. In addition, recommendations on how to optimize agri-environmental and climate protection measures will be provided.
Farmers and foresters, politicians, environmentalists, consultants, scientists, municipalities, consumers, tourism associations
12.2015 - 11.2018
Project status: ongoing