World Grasslands and Biodiversity Patterns

Faber-Langendoen D

Grasslands have many biodiversity values, including wildlife habitat, occurrence of rare species, intrinsic ecosystem properties of structure, function and composition, and ecosystem services such as watershed protection, grazing, and scenery. In addition, some grasslands are seen as having high biodiversity values because of their high species richness. As part of a global strategy to maintain the world’s biodiversity, there is a need to ensure that these types of grasslands are not negatively impacted upon by human uses.

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  • Faber-Langendoen D and Josse C. 2010. World Grasslands and Biodiversity Patterns. NatureServe, Arlington, VA. + Appendices.