CONTROLLED DRAINAGE OF GRASSLAND CONSIDERING EVEN GROUNDWATER LEVEL DURING THE WHOLE VEGETATION PERIOD
Potential benefits of controlled drainage:
- Reduced GHG emissions from organic soils due to reduced fluctuations of groundwater level
- Reduced leaching of nutrients to surface water bodies
- In summer drought additional water is available to meet crop demand ensuring higher carbon inputs into soil
The LIFE OrgBalt project aims to implement a wide range of innovative organic soil management measures to demonstrate how these areas can be managed sustainably, taking into account economic, social and climate aspects. 16 project demonstration sites have been established in Latvia and Finland. LIFE OrgBalt studies greenhouse gas emissions from managed organic soils – In total 51 sites are measured – they include all project demonstration sites and reference sites.