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WP 6: Dissemination and stakeholder dialogue

Figure 1: Participants of the round table on July 18th, 2017.

In the context of a round table, SUSALPS project partners were able to get in touch with numerous representatives (n=15, see appendix) of the Bavarian State Institute for Agriculture, agricultural advisors, associations, nature conservation and practicing farmers and exchange views and experience on the topic of "climate change and grassland". There was consensus that climate change is lengthening the growing season and that, even in conjunction with more frequent drought, the species composition and production performance of grassland are changing, in some cases adversely. It was discussed which measures (e.g. reseeding, undersowing, cutting frequency, fertilizer frequency, fertilizer quality and quantity) have potential - not only under climate change conditions - to maintain or possibly improve grassland ecosystem functions (production, biodiversity, carbon storage, water retention and erosion control, tourism). It was elaborated that due to climate change and changing socio-economic conditions, grassland management will become even more complex in the future, thus creating major challenges for extension services. The development of data-based decision-making tools was seen as having great potential. The basis for this is the SUSALPS database, the development of which is well advanced and into which survey data are continuously being integrated.