Next Article in Journal
Characteristics of Urban Sustainability in the Cases of Multi Commercial Complexes from the Perspective of the “Ground”
Next Article in Special Issue
Supporting Farmer-Led Irrigation in Mozambique: Reflections on Field-Testing a New Design Approach
Previous Article in Journal
Development of a Novel Co-Creative Framework for Redesigning Product Service Systems
Previous Article in Special Issue
Issues and Challenges in Spatial and Temporal Water Allocation in the Nile Delta
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sustainability 2016, 8(5), 440; doi:10.3390/su8050440

Water Management Supporting the Delivery of Ecosystem Services for Grassland, Heath and Moorland

1
Water Resources Management Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen 6708 PB, The Netherlands
2
ENV Consulting, Coleraine, Co. Derry BT51, Northern Ireland
3
Department of Land Use and Improvement, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague 16000, Czech Republic
4
Leisurelands B.V., Arnhem 6825 JC, The Netherlands
5
Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation Agency, 26506 Norden, Germany
6
Alterra, Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen 6708 PB, The Netherlands
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Iain Gordon
Received: 31 December 2015 / Revised: 21 April 2016 / Accepted: 22 April 2016 / Published: 4 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [3702 KB, uploaded 4 May 2016]   |  

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. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecosystem services; grassland; EU Green Infrastructure; peatland; water management; drainage; irrigation; economics ecosystem services; grassland; EU Green Infrastructure; peatland; water management; drainage; irrigation; economics
Figures

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Ritzema, H.; Kirkpatrick, H.; Stibinger, J.; Heinhuis, H.; Belting, H.; Schrijver, R.; Diemont, H. Water Management Supporting the Delivery of Ecosystem Services for Grassland, Heath and Moorland. Sustainability 2016, 8, 440.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top