Rossetti, Ivo (2014) Plant biodiversity in habitats of Community interest of Mediterranean large scale grazing systems. Doctoral Thesis.
Large scale grazing systems are one of the best examples of adaptation of agro-pastoral activities and environmental limitation in the European marginal rural areas. They support high biodiversity levels and therefore they are recognized as an important part of European high nature values farmlands. They are also a source of agro-ecosystem services and they are linked with the history of the resident populations and for this reason many cultural landscapes are associated with them. Because of the socio-economical changes of the last decades, large scale grazing systems have been greatly reduced. Agro-pastoral activities intensification and abandonment are the main factors that threaten their conservation. With them could disappear an important part of biodiversity and a part of historical and cultural roots of humanity.
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