Developing a coherent monitoring system for Mediterranean grasslands
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Louhaichi M, Johnson MD, Clark PE, Belgacem AO, Johnson D. 2012. Developing a coherent monitoring system for Mediterranean grasslands. In: Acar Z, Lopez-Francos A, Porqueddu C, eds. New approaches for grassland research in a context of climatic and socio-economic changes. Proceedings of the 14th meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM sub-network on Mediterranean pastures and fodder crops held in Samsun, Turkey, 3-6 October 2012. Options Méditerranéennes 102:47-51.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/41994
Internet URL: http://om.ciheam.org/om/pdf/a102/a102.pdf
Grasslands are one of the world's most widespread vegetation types, covering nearly 20% of the land surface and represent a major source of production of agricultural products. However, grassland vegetation across the Mediterranean region is changing at an unanticipated rate. These changes are the result of climatic and socio-economic changes. Because changes in agro-ecosystems affect the livelihoods and development of rural communities, it is important that planners and policy makers be able to determine grassland condition and trend in relation to climatic and managerial factors at specifik locations.