EcoCoast Consultancy
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Projects EU Sustainable and Integrated Land Use of the Eurasian Steppe EU Steppe Climate Change Adaptation and Steppe Biodiversity MCC / MCA ESOC Mongolia EU CBC Romania - Bulgaria Caspian Sea Environmental Programme ICZM Black Sea Environmental Programme ICZM
Integrated Steppe Management Steppe   Biodiversity   goes   hand   in   hand   with   steppe   pasture   productivity.   The   higher   the   productivity   the higher   the   biodiversity   and   the   other   way   around.   Drought   is   the   limiting   factor   for   productvity.   Management has   a   severe   influence   on   the   productivity.   Bad   management   can   easily   reduce   the   productivity   with   a   factor 3-5,   or   in   other   words   an   decrease   of   60-80%.   This   is   caused   by   bad   grassland   management   where vegetation   is   tramped,   reseeding   prevented,   not   enough   grass   is   left   for   re-grow,   etc   In   this   case   high productive perenial grasses are taken over by annual grasses and ruderal species. Also   as   result   of   arable   farming   land   is   degraded,   mostly   as   its   humus   is   burned   and   with   that   the   water capacity and soil structure is spoiled. In   both   cases   extensive   husbandry   can   be   an   economic   option   to   restore   the   degraded   pasture   and   arable land and create an additional source of income. To   realise   this   the   focus   should   be   on   the   market   sector   as   whole.   A   added   value   line   has   to   be   created   or strenghtened.   Extensive   livestock   production   and   meat   marketing   are   going   hand   in   hand.   Capacity   building and   bringing   producers   and   consumers   togehter   are   key   processes   in   the   re-use   of   degraded   land   and saving biodiversity.
For Integrated and Sustainable                  development.
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