Tool risk reduction measures


Cultivation across the slope; avoidance of downhill furrows and lanes-image

Cultivation across the slope; avoidance of downhill furrows and lanes

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The development of runoff routes can be prevented and retention can be improved on slightly sloping terrain by cultivating farmland across the slope along contours. Ideally, the soil should be farmed in a chequerboard pattern to control and slow down the flow of surface water. In principle, the avoidance of downhill lanes, the creation of preferential runoff paths is prevented. In forested areas runoff concentration can be minimised by avoiding logging trails in slope direction.

Fields of action Farmland,Forests
Additionally to flood risk reduction by slowing and storing surface runoff, these measures have medium or high possible benefits for the following biophysical impacts and ecosystem services: Increase infiltration and/or groundwater recharge; Reduce erosion and/or sediment delivery; Improve soils; Filtration of pollutants

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Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology