Title: Guidelines for afforestation 
Resource Type: document --> guidance / decision support 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2004 
Availability: Guidelines for planning afforestation on previously managed arable land. Forest & Landscape, Hørsholm, 105 pp. 
Author 1/Producer: Hansen, K. 
Other Authors/Producers: Vesterdal, L. 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.biw.kuleuven.be/klimaatpark/documenten/Guidelines ...  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
Size: (e.g. 20mb) 5.1 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Environmental
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Sustainable / green remediation
 
Short description: In many European countries, agricultural management has been intensified over the last century leading to increased production but also to negative environmental effects. Today, a surplus of grain and in some cases a shortage of timber has caused several EU countries have decided to changge land use back to forestry. Other issues related to tree planting include carbon sequestration. Thes guidelines were developed based on a literature review and the experimental data from chronosequences of afforested stands in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The structure is based on 26 questions and corresponding answers under the main themes of water recharge, nitrate leaching, carbon sequestration, diversity of understory vegetation, and complex questions involving more than one of the first three issues. It is our hope that these guidelines in combination with the AFFORESTsDSS will be helpful and inspire landscape and forest planners in planning how and where afforestation should take place. 
Link to Project(s): AFFOREST Afforestation management in north-western Europe - influence on nitrogen leaching, groundwater recharge, and carbon sequestration
 
Submitted By: Dr Stefan Gödeke WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 29/06/2007