Associate Professor, University of Lleida
The aim of my job is the management of grazing systems to combine production with maintaining biodiversity in different extensive systems like mountains and dry environments.
Extensive grazing systems provide food products to the population while maintaining stability of pastoral ecosystems, biodiversity of plant and animal species and functions as sinks of greenhouse gases. This is possible if management is adequate and no effects of overgrazing or neglect occur.
In Europe and elsewhere pastoral systems are being abandoned or transformed into agricultural or forest land, losing their natural sustainability and its benefits. Maintenance is necessary to preserve their intrinsic values .