Combatting global grassland degradation

Bardgett, Richard D.; Bullock, James M. ORCID:; Lavorel, Sandra; Manning, Peter; Schaffner, Urs; Ostle, Nicholas; Chomel, Mathilde; Durigan, Giselda; Fry, Ellen L.; Johnson, David; Lavallee, Jocelyn M.; Le Provost, Gaëtane; Luo, Shan; Png, Kenny; Sankaran, Mahesh; Hou, Xiangyang; Zhou, Huakun; Ma, Li; Ren, Weibo; Li, Xiliang; Ding, Yong; Li, Yuanheng; Shi, Hongxiao. 2021 Combatting global grassland degradation. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, 2 (10). 720-735.

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Grasslands are under severe threat from ongoing degradation, undermining their capacity to support biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being. Yet, grasslands are largely ignored in sustainable development agendas. In this Perspective, we examine the current state of global grasslands and explore the extent and dominant drivers of their degradation. Socio-ecological solutions are needed to combat degradation and promote restoration. Important strategies include: increasing recognition of grasslands in global policy; developing standardized indicators of degradation; using scientific innovation for effective restoration at regional and landscape scales; and enhancing knowledge transfer and data sharing on restoration experiences. Stakeholder needs can be balanced through standardized assessment and shared understanding of the potential ecosystem service trade-offs in degraded and restored grasslands. The integration of these actions into sustainability policy will aid in halting degradation and enhancing restoration success, and protect the socio-economic, cultural and ecological benefits that grasslands provide.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2662-138X
Additional Keywords: ecosystem services, sustainability
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 06 Oct 2021 11:54 +0 (UTC)

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