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L4-2625: Integrated management of small water retention and soil erosion prevention measures in agricultural river basins – CeVoTaK

Project Title

Integrated management of small water retention and soil erosion prevention measures in agricultural river basins – CeVoTaK

Project team: Mateja Škerjanec, Gašper Rak
Duration:

36 months

1.9.2020 – 31.8.2023

Project Code: L4-2625

 

Lead partner:

University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty (UL BF)

Project leader: prof. dr. Marina Pintar (UL BF)
Project partner:

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Health Sciences

Univerza v Ljubljani, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering

Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia – Agriculture and Forestry Institute Nova Gorica

Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia – Agriculture and Forestry Institute Murska Sobota

Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia – Agriculture and Forestry Institute Maribor

Source of finance:

Slovenian Research Agency,

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (co-financier)

Key words: agro-ecosystems; small water retention measures; climate change; erosion prevention

 

Description

Soil and water, the essential sources to life, are under great pressure due to inadequate management, intensive use and climate change. Small water retention measures protect and enhance the water retention potential of soils, reduce and prevent soil erosion and movement, prevent nutrient wash off, improve the quality of water resources and the biodiversity of agro-ecosystems, and mitigate climate change, by allowing water retention during wet periods and enhancing its availability in dry periods. The project will focus on small agricultural water retention measures. In searching for optimal solutions, we will rely on field and laboratory analyses, computer modelling, evaluation of the effectiveness of measures, optimization of scenarios, decision tree analysis and stakeholder support.

Main goals

The main objective of the study is to examine the impact of climate change on economically sustainable water management in agricultural soils, and on soil management in the selected river basins, using small water retention and soil erosion prevention measures, in order to adapt the agricultural sector to new climate and environmental conditions.

Project work packages

WP1 – Project Coordination
WP2 – Effectiveness of agricultural measures for water retention and erosion prevention
WP3 – Modelling the impact of climate change on the effectiveness of measures
WP4 – Sustainability of the measures examined
WP5 – Knowledge transfer and dissemination