Soil Erosion Prevention Practices

Applies to: CR Collection

Description:

This indicator refers to the prevention of soil erosion due to residue removal in order to maintain soil quality. Soil erosion refers to absolute soil losses in terms of topsoil and nutrients. It is a natural process, but is often made much worse by poor management practices. The indicator considers implementation of mitigation practices (e.g. reduced tillage, use of cover crops, application of organic fertilisers and maintenance of minimum soil cover, use of terraces, sediment control structures) and their coverage.

Questions:

What practices are implemented to reduce soil erosion and maintain soil quality?

What is the share of land where the mitigation practices are implemented?

Rating:

At least two mitigation practices implemented on 75%-100% of land

At least one mitigation practice implemented on 75%-100% of land

Mitigation practices implemented on less than 75% of land

No mitigation practices implemented

Sources of information:

FAO. 1996. Land husbandry - Components and strategy. 70 FAO Soils Bulletin.