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Methods for Improvement of the Ecosystem Services of Soil by Sustainable Land Management in the Myjava River Basin

Lenka Korbeľová
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Published Online: 2017-04-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sjce-2017-0005

Abstract

The main aim of this study is the development of methods for the assessment of the ecosystem services (ESS) of soils within the RECARE project and the participatory identification of measures to combat soil threats caused by floods in the Myjava River basin. The Myjava Hills highlands are known for their rapid runoff response and related muddy floods, which are determined by both the natural and socio-economic conditions. Within the frame of the mentioned project, the ESS framework with detailed relationships between the ecology, societal response, driving forces and also human well-being was identified. Next, to assess the SLM practices in the pilot basin, the stakeholders, who showed an interest in solving the flood protection problems in their areas, took an active part in the process of evaluating, scoring and selecting the best sustainable land management practices (SLM) for the flood protection of soil. From the results which were proposed, the technology of vegetative strips was top rated within the total results among all the SLM measures in all the categories, followed by water-retaining ditches and small wooden dams. Building a polder least meets the proposed SLM criteria.

Keywords: Ecosystem services; RECARE project; Myjava catchment; Stakeholders; flood protection

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Published Online: 2017-04-01

Published in Print: 2017-03-01


Citation Information: Slovak Journal of Civil Engineering, ISSN (Online) 1338-3973, ISSN (Print) 1210-3896, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sjce-2017-0005.

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