Cause of loss of grasslands
Between 2000 and 2006, in grassland areas:
• 32 % of change was due to conversion from pasture to arable land and permanent crops and 21 % due to sprawl of economic sites and infrastructure;
• 17 % was due to farmland abandonment leading to natural afforestation.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe's environment.
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