Grasslands are areas in which the vegetation is dominated by a nearly continuous cover of grasses. The environment is favourable to the growth of these plants, but not to that of taller plants. Pastures are areas of land in which animals feed on the grass.

Begrass06 – Dorinne, Namur, Belgium

The demo site is an intensely managed grassland, part of the ICOS-ecosystem flux tower network, grazed by Belgian Blue cows. The field has been a permanent grassland since it started being used for grazing, probably for more than a century ago. The primary objective of this demo site is to serve as a cal/val exercise for biogeochemical models aimed at evaluating the potential of some pasture management options for carbon sequestration. Those that are the most relevant at the site are rotational grazing and pasture restoration.