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Plant biodiversity in habitats of Community interest of Mediterranean large scale grazing systems

Rossetti, Ivo (2014) Plant biodiversity in habitats of Community interest of Mediterranean large scale grazing systems. Doctoral Thesis.

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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.
Therefore, their conservation is included in the European rural development policies and nature preservation strategies.
In this thesis I describe the studies that I have carried out in order to investigate different aspects of Mediterranean large scale grazing systems with the aim to contribute to the knowledge concerning the conservation status and biodiversity levels in habitats of Community interest linked with them. The surveys were made at different spatial scale in order to investigate the ecosystemic processes using a suitable level of detail.

Item Type:Doctoral Thesis
ID Code:9472
Contributors:Bagella, Simonetta
Publisher:Università degli studi di Sassari
Uncontrolled Keywords:Grazing systems, biodiversity conservation, Habitat Directive, ecosystem services
Subjects:Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/03 Botanica ambientale e applicata
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze della Natura e del Territorio
Cicli, scuole e corsi:Ciclo 26 > Scienze della natura e delle sue risorse > Biologia ambientale
Deposited On:02 Apr 2014 10:02

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