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Afforestation Strategies with Respect to Forest–Water Interactions

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Abstract

The relationships of afforestation and the water cycle is the subject of this chapter. Forests consume more water than other land use types but also improve peak flow control in wetter environments. As a consequence, large scale afforestation efforts usually reduce ground water yields and runoff and extensive energy wood plantations can be financially attractive only in the more humid environments of Europe. On the other hand, the success of afforestations is a major concern in the dry Mediterranean environment. Carefully selected tree species and their combinations, together with specially adapted site preparation and planting techniques are offering perspectives for successful afforestation efforts even under harsh and adverse drought regimes.

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  • Groundwater Recharge
  • Water Yield
  • Nitrate Leaching
  • Short Rotation Coppice
  • Nurse Plant

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Raftoyannis, Y. et al. (2010). Afforestation Strategies with Respect to Forest–Water Interactions. In: Bredemeier, M., Cohen, S., Godbold, D., Lode, E., Pichler, V., Schleppi, P. (eds) Forest Management and the Water Cycle. Ecological Studies, vol 212. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-9834-4_13

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