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Distribution mapping of world grassland types

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National and international policy frameworks, such as the European Union's Renewable Energy Directive, increasingly seek to conserve and reference ‘highly biodiverse grasslands’. However, to date there is no systematic global characterization and distribution map for grassland types. To address this gap, we first propose a systematic definition of grassland. We then integrate International Vegetation Classification (IVC) grassland types with the map of Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World (TEOW).
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Keywords: Conservation biogeography; International Vegetation Classification; conservation policy; division; ecoregion; ecosystem; ecosystem management; formation; highly biodiverse grasslands; vegetation mapping

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2014

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