Special Issue "Impact of Management Changes on Seminatural Grasslands and Their Sustainable Use"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Ľuboš Halada
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Guest Editor
Institute of Landscape Ecology SAS, 949 01 Nitra, Slovakia
Interests: biodiversity; seminatural grasslands; meadows; vegetation change; landscape ecology; long-term research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Seminatural grasslands were established in the process of long-term interaction of man with the surrounding nature. Their existence fully depends on agricultural use (mostly grazing or mowing) that is low in intensity and therefore does not change the site conditions or the structure of a grassland. Due to the combination of diverse site conditions and specific methods and the intensity of farming, a wide variety of grassland types have emerged. Sometimes, grassland types are locally or regionally specific, and this variability is often overlooked. The agriculture intensification in the second half of the 20th century greatly affected seminatural grasslands: Their area was significantly reduced by conversion to arable land, forests, and urban areas; the structure of many remaining grasslands changed considerably due to intensive use, eutrophication, drainage, abandonment, and other pressures. Despite grassland conservation efforts, these processes continue.  

In this respect, we need to improve our current knowledge about the impact of management changes on grasslands in its whole extent and variability. In this Special Issue, we will explore the effects of changes in grassland management regimes and intensity of farming or even its abandonment on the biodiversity, structure, and composition of seminatural grasslands. Articles focusing on the impact of management changes on grassland functioning and ecosystem services provision are welcome as well. We also invite papers that discuss and document promising ways for maintenance of valuable seminatural grasslands and the role of relevant policy instruments (such as the EU Common Agricultural Policy and Green Infrastructure Strategy) in achieving their sustainable use.

I am convinced that this Special Issue will contribute to better knowledge on the consequences of changing grassland management regimes and bridge the gap between agricultural production and seminatural grassland conservation.

Thank you for your contributions.

Dr. Ľuboš Halada
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • grassland management
  • land use change
  • management regime
  • biodiversity
  • seminatural grasslands

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Past, Present and Future of Hay-making Structures in Europe
Sustainability 2019, 11(20), 5581; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205581 - 10 Oct 2019
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Hay-making structures are part of the agricultural landscape of meadows and pastures. Hay meadows are still used and found all over Europe, but their distribution patterns as well as their characteristics and regional features depend on geographical area, climate, culture, and intensity of [...] Read more.
Hay-making structures are part of the agricultural landscape of meadows and pastures. Hay meadows are still used and found all over Europe, but their distribution patterns as well as their characteristics and regional features depend on geographical area, climate, culture, and intensity of agriculture. Intensively used hay meadows are the most dominant, using heavy machinery to store hay mostly as rounded or square bales. Traditional hay-making structures represent structures or constructions, used to quickly dry freshly cut fodder and to protect it from humidity. The ‘ancient’ forms of traditional hay-making structures are becoming a relic, due to mechanisation and the use of new technologies. Both the need for drying hay and the traditional methods for doing so were similar across Europe. Our study of hay-making structures focuses on their current state, their development and history, current use and cultural values in various European countries. Regarding the construction and use of hay-making structures, we have distinguished three different types, which correlate to natural and regional conditions: (1) temporary hay racks of various shapes; (2) hay barracks, a special type of shelters for storing hay and (3) different types of permanent construction and buildings for drying and storing hay. Hay-making structures have been mostly preserved in connection with traditional agricultural landscapes, and particularly in the more remote regions or where associated with strong cultural identity. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

The following authors are interested in contributing to the Special Issue:

Luo Guo

Jiuying Pei

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