Brussels policy seminar on wood pastures


Brussels, Belgium

Start Date:

Tuesday 17th November


17th November 2015, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium.


Some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes comprise scattered large old trees on pastures grazed by livestock. Often with medieval origins, these wooded pastures provide many cultural, ecological, aesthetic and economic benefits. They are rich in biodiversity and the ancient trees are irreplaceable. As well as the ‘usual’ threats of agricultural intensification or abandonment, they are now threatened with unintended destruction by EU agriculture and agri-environment policies because wood pastures don’t fit comfortably into bureaucratic categories: they are neither open pastures nor woodland but something in between.


The Society of Biology is supporting a seminar in the European Parliament in Brussels on 17th November to discuss the effects of European policy on these treasures of the landscape.


For more information or to reserve a place, contact Barbara Knowles, Senior Science Policy Adviser, barbaraknowles@societyofbiology.org

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