The Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG) is a network of researchers and conservationists interested in Palaearctic natural and semi-natural grasslands. It was established in 2008 as the successor of the German Arbeitsgruppe Trockenrasen. It is now a working group of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS) and a member of the European Forum for Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (EFNCP).
Photos: coastal grasslands in Miyake Island, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan by Atushi Ushimaru; alpine grassland in the Upper Engadine, Switzerland by Jürgen Dengler, cork oak dehesa in Spain by B. Deák
The core aims of the EDGG are to
a. develop and advance research on any aspect (vegetation, flora, fauna, soils, etc.) of Palaearctic natural and semi-natural grasslands (i.e. steppes, dry, mesic, wet, acidic, calcareous, rocky, saline, coastal and alpine grasslands),
b. promote education on Palaearctic natural and semi-natural grasslands,
c. promote the publication of research results on Palaearctic natural and semi-natural grasslands,
d. facilitate scientific and personal communication among scientists who are interested in Palaearctic natural and semi-natural grasslands,
e. promote appropriate application of research in Palaearctic natural and semi-natural grasslands for the good of society, particularly in environmental management and public decision making, and
f. promote policies and legislation towards protection, proper management, and restoration of Palaearctic natural and semi-natural grasslands.
EDGG conference 2016, Romania by D.Ambarli; EDGG fieldworkshop, Spain by I.Biuruun; EDGG Bulletin: Palaearctic Grasslands No: 38
EDGG provides several facilities to deepen the knowledge of Palaearctic grasslands and to support information exchange among grassland researchers and conservationists:
- Palaearctic Grasslands (EDGG’s open-access journal and newsletter)
- EDGG website
- Eurasian Grassland Conferences, organized annually in various locations in Eurasia and North Africa
- EDGG Field Workshops, organized annually in various locations in Eurasia and North Africa
- scientific publications, such as special features and books, and
- vegetation-plot databases of Palaearctic grasslands
The EDGG covers all aspects related to natural and semi-natural grasslands, in particular:
plants - animals - fungi - microbia - soils - taxonomy - phylogeography - ecophysiology - population biology - species' interactions - vegetation ecology - syntaxonomy - landscape ecology - biodiversity - land use history - agriculture - nature conservation - restoration - environmental legislation - environmental education.
Photos: Przewalski feral horses, Hungary by B. Deák; Limestone lichen community, Italy by R. Labadessa; the protected butterfly Melanargia arge, Italy by R. Labadessa.