Global climate change as well as agricultural land degradation and reduction of productivity are aggravating the losses of steppe ecosystems, leading to deteriorating livelihoods of millions of people. Thus steppe is one of the most transformed and exploited biome, and at the same time the most underrated of the landscapes During this action participants will involve to the discussion about the steppe ecosystems service, their present status, and needs for steppe biodiversity conservation/sustainable using. The contributions will aim at generating the commitment of participants to work together on shared objectives with other stakeholders for implementation the IUCN/CEM Holarctic Steppe Thematic Group´s goal - to promote the conservation of steppes and to harmonize this with the needs of the human society. One of the first steps will be to discuss the possibility of creating a virtual "Encyclopedia of the Great Steppe." The encyclopedia is suggested to describe the remaining parts of the model steppe ecoregions for the imlementation of a network of nature protected areas as nuclears of the steppe ecological network, as well as best management practices of steppe lands, which are important for biodiversity conservation. For this the following issues are offered for discussion:
1. What is Steppe?
2. What is the level of steppe ecosystem service?
3. How to conserve?
4. How to manage?
5. Who are doing actions/programmes for steppe with results?
6. What is the future of Steppes?
This 120 minutes session (round table) can be a part of the theme of the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) and the Ecosystem Management Programme (EMP) of IUCN "Reducing Ecosystem and Human Risks" under climate change/lost of steppe biodiversity and contribute to the IUCN Programme´s thematic areas: Valuing and conserving biodiversity, Nature-based solutions to climate change, Managing ecosystems to improve food security.
This proposal was developed in consultation with the CEM and supporting by all involved partners