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Impact of sustainable land management practices on controlling water erosion events

New paper published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, co-authored by Iris Bohnet from consortium partner CZULS

Titled “Impact of sustainable land management practices on controlling water erosion events: The case of hillslopes in the Czech Republic,” the paper offers a comprehensive analysis of the socio-economic factors contributing to water erosion events, drawing on extensive data from the Czech Republic's Monitoring Erosion of Agricultural Land (MEAL) program.

The study investigates how socio-economic characteristics influence the occurrence of water erosion events in the Czech Republic. Utilising data from 1594 erosion events recorded between 2011 and 2019, the researchers examined various site and farm characteristics to identify key predictors of erosion. Notably, plot size and land tenure emerged as significant factors, with larger plots and certain land tenure arrangements being more prone to repeated erosion. 

The research emphasises the need to understand the socio-economic roots of soil erosion, as state policies in the Czech Republic and other EU countries primarily use socio-economic instruments to protect farmland. The researchers aimed to identify which farm types are most effective in controlling erosion and what measures can be applied to mitigate water erosion. 

By analysing the frequency and extent of erosion events, the study provides valuable insights into the effectiveness of current erosion control policies and practices. The findings underscore the urgent need for robust soil protection measures and recommend updating agri-environmental standards (Good Agricultural Environmental Conditions - GAEC) within the EU's long-term budget to enhance soil conservation efforts.

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