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Grazing Lands

Any vegetated land that is grazed or has the potential to be grazed by animals (domestic and wild). This term is all-inclusive and covers all kinds and types of land that can be grazed. [AGROVOC]

Land Use

The occupation or reservation of land or water area for any human activity or any defined purpose. It also includes use of the air space above the land or water.


An area devoted to the production of forage (introduced or native) and harvested by grazing. [NALT]

Pastures are those lands that are primarily used for the production of adapted, domesticated forage plants for livestock.[AGROVOC]



Land on which the historic climax plant community is predominantly grasses, grasslike plants, forbs, or shrubs. Includes lands revegetated naturally or artificially when routine management of that vegetation is accomplished mainly through manipulation of grazing. Rangelands include natural grasslands, savannas, shrublands, most deserts, tundra, alpine communities, coastal marshes, and wet meadows.

Urban Areas

The built-up or densely populated area containing the city proper; suburbs, and continuously settled commuter areas; definitions of urban areas vary by countries.


The land area that drains water to a particular stream, river, or lake. It is a land feature that can be identified by tracing a line along the highest elevations between two areas on a map, often a ridge.


Lands unoccupied by crops, pastures, urban, residential, industrial or transportation facilities. Lands over which man has not extended his complete and permanent domain with his bulldozers, plows and asphalt spreaders.

Wildland-Urban Interface

The common area where human settlements and built structures are intermixed and/or adjacent to undeveloped land in which the vegetation is permitted to grow without significant human interference.


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