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This section presents a note on the authors relevant of the book Grasslands in Europe - of high nature value. The grasslands on the Hauts Plateaux of the Vercors in this western part of the French Alps are strongly influenced by the pastoral system known as transhumance. Over many centuries, shepherds took their flocks in summer up to the mountain pastures. One third of these more than 16,000 hectares is covered by alpine and sub-alpine grassland. The Vercors Hauts Plateaux were designated as a nature reserve in 1985 and are included in the French Natura 2000 network.

Keywords: Europe grasslands; French Natura 2000 network; Hauts Plateaux grasslands



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