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Eco-engineering and conservation of slopes for long-term protection from erosion, landslides and storms

Objective

Recent catastrophic landslide and storm events in Europe, resulting in the loss of human life and irreparable damage to rural communities, illustrate a huge need for improved management of unstable slopes in both urban and natural environments. Current geo-engineering measures, involving the use of reinforcing techniques offer an expensive solution to the problem, and can only be used in high-risk, accessible areas. In this multidisciplinary project, the stabilizing and reinforcing effects of vegetation on natural and artificial slopes will be examined with a view to developing adequate management strategies and new techniques for the prevention of such disasters. The relationship between tree and woody plant architecture, root anchorage and root reinforcernent will be investigated and correlated to soil mechanical and physical properties, as well aslope stability.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
Address
Domaine De L'hermitage
33610 Cestas Gazinet
France

Participants (8)

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT - CIRAD
France
Address
Avenue Agropolis 2477
34032 Montpellier
CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS
France
Address
Rue De La Papeterie 2
38402 Saint-martin-d'heres
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Calle Serrano 117
Madrid
FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY
United Kingdom
Address
Alice Holt Lodge, Wrecclesham
Farnham
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Greece
Address

57006 Vassilika Thessalonikis
THE NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Burton Street
NG1 4BU Nottingham
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
Kruislaan 318
1098 SM Amsterdam
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DEL MOLISE
Italy
Address
Via Mazzini 8
86100 Campobasso