Improving the assessment of Alpine grasslands conservation status
From 20 to 22 May 2015, an Alpine grassland monitoring and assessment workshop, organised and hosted by the Veneto Region (Italy), sought to provide elements to stimulate an advance in the field of conservation status assessment of Alpine grasslands as a means to inform and help implement better conservation measures. This had been identified as the priority issue to address for the conservation of Alpine grasslands during the Alpine Seminar Graz, Austria, November 2013), part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process.
The workshop was well attended with 42 participants from seven Alpine countries (Croatia, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Spain and Sweden) plus Belgium (European Commission), Denmark (EEA), the Czech Republic (mountain National park Krknose), the Netherlands (contractor) and the UK (Wild Europe Initiative).
Together the participants represented a wide range of stakeholder groups having an interest in improving the process of assessing the conservation status of Alpine grasslands: site managers, scientific botanical experts, environment consultants, local and regional planners, local and regional authorities, national environment and nature protection agencies, and ministries and EU institutions (European Commission, European Environment Agency and European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity).
After informative presentations, active discussions in breakout groups and stimulating field visits, the participants agreed on a roadmap to develop a joint approach for Alpine grassland conservation status assessment as a significant contribution to better informed conservation objectives and management practices and a more harmonised reporting at EU level.