Flood meadows in the Marais Poitevin, France > Driver #2256
Common floodmeadows are used as a pasture for 10 centuries. Pasture by multi-specific herds (cattle, horses, gooses) went on because it is a good way to valorize the produced biomass and to maintain ecosystems and landscapes. Soil structure (micro relief) prevented from using machinery for mowing and ecosystem services (flood protection, water purification, role in water circle...) would have been lost if such areas were used for cropping. They are common land owned by municipalities.