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Record number 505735
Title Water management supporting the delivery of ecosystem services for grassland, heath and moorland
Author(s) Ritzema, Henk; Kirkpatrick, Hilary; Stibinger, Jakub; Heinhuis, Hans; Belting, Heinrich; Schrijver, Raymond; Diemont, Herbert
Source Sustainability 8 (2016)5. - ISSN 2071-1050
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/su8050440
Department(s) Water Resources Management
WIMEK
Alterra - Regional development and spatial use
Alterra - Vegetation, forest and landscape ecology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Drainage - Economics - Ecosystem services - EU green infrastructure - Grassland - Irrigation - Peatland - Water management
Abstract

In the present era, permanent grasslands and other grazed habitats, i.e., moorlands and heath, are appreciated as avant la lettre green infrastructure (GI) resources, providing a wide range of ecosystem services, the delivery of many of which require water management to be in place. This paper discusses the role of water management and, in particular, that of drainage. We contend that controlled drainage and drainage-irrigation systems can contribute to the sustainable use of grasslands and associated habitats in the European Union. We present examples from a range of habitats in several EU Member States and attempt to identify the contemporary (short-term) costs as well as the short-term revenues covering these costs. Options for enhancing the role of the Green Infrastructure in Europe to achieve sustainable land use by including all "permanent grassland" are discussed.

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