Change in area and use of grasslands
Assessment made on 01 Jan 2001
ClassificationBiodiversity (Primary theme)
DPSIR: Driving force
Policy issue: What influence has land use policies had on total grassland area?
The total area of grassland in the EU fell by an average of 12% between 1975 and 1998, with increases in only a few areas.
The overall decline seen in these nine countries is expected to continue across today's EU15.
Naturally, the eastern enlargement of the EU will increase the total grassland area from the 44,000,000 hectares in 1995, as the new Member States contain large and highly valuable permanent grasslands. These areas are also vulnerable, with agricultural intensification expected to put them under pressure in the coming years.
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Dry and mesic grassland habitats