Tool risk reduction measures


Good state of forests

  • Description
  • Fields of action
  • Synergies
  • Good practice examples
  • References

This measure resides in maintaining good forest health conditions through appropriate management (e.g. development of stable, stepped, unequal-aged forests, uniform shelter-wood systems and partial systems, coppice forests). The aim is to increase the soil infiltration, slowing surface runoff and reduce the risk of soil erosion by improving the forest health conditions. The management in forests should be focused on bringing them to natural state in order to increase their resilience and hence their ability to retain rainfall water and reduce the risk of flash floods in watersheds. Forestry should accommodate the likely changes in precipitation and flooding patterns derived from climate change.

Fields of action Forests
Additionally to flood risk reduction by slowing and storing surface runoff, the measure has medium or high possible benefits for the following biophysical impacts and ecosystem services: Increase evapotranspiration; Climate change adaptation and mitigation; Aesthetic/cultural value

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  • Office International de l’Eau (2015): Natural Water Retention Measures, URL: (19.03.2020): continuous cover forestry
  • Výzkumný ústav vodohospodářský TGM (2018): Katalog přírodě blízkých opatření pro zadržení vody v krajině [Catalogue of green water retention measures in the landscape], URL: (25.03.2020): Opatření v lesích, Tvorba polyfunkčního lesa, Omezení smrku ve 3. a 4. LVS, Hospodářský způsob (HZ) s trvalým půdním krytem, Nízký les, Ochranné lesní pásy (OLP), Hraze nístrží

Výzkumný ústav vodohospodářský T. G. Masaryka. v.v.i.