The Smolenice Grassland Declaration - past, present and future | №33 Autumn 2011 | Steppe Bulletin 
ISSN 1726-2860
(print version ISSN 1684-8438)

The Smolenice Grassland Declaration – past, present and future

Michael Vrahnakis (European Dry Grassland Group, Greece)

The Smolenice Grassland Declaration became one of the most significant consequences of the 7th European Dry Grassland Meeting (EDGG) held in 2010.

The content and aims of this political document, which are scientifically based and open to anyone to sign, are summarised. Other examples of declarations relating to grassland conservation at both national and international level are given. It is stated that the ultimate goal of the Smolenice Grassland Declaration is to develop a strong Convention on Grasslands Conservation in Europe within the framework of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (PEBLDS). A brief summary of PEBLDS is given and its activities relating to grassland conservation are described in more detail.

The importance of further work to promote the Smolenice Declaration is emphasised. The main steps needed to strengthen its influence and to develop a Convention on Grassland Conservation in Europe are formulated.

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