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GUIDELINES FOR REDUCING SPONTANEOUS LAND REFORESTATION DUE TO AGRICULTURE ABANDONMENT

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.03.08  Biotechnical sciences  Plant production  Economics of agro-food processing and rural development 

Code Science Field
B006  Biomedical sciences  Agronomics 

Code Science Field
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
Keywords
spontaneous reforestation, abandoned agricultural, agricultural policy measures, land use change
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (12)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  28495  PhD Matjaž Glavan  Plant production  Researcher  2011 - 2012  294 
2.  16073  PhD Helena Grčman  Plant production  Head  2011 - 2012  450 
3.  24234  Peter Korpar  Plant production  Technical associate  2011 - 2012 
4.  15108  PhD Lado Kutnar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2012  794 
5.  13073  PhD Rok Mihelič  Plant production  Researcher  2011 - 2012  475 
6.  29181  PhD Vesna Miličić  Interdisciplinary research  Junior researcher  2011 - 2012  62 
7.  10024  PhD Marina Pintar  Plant production  Researcher  2011 - 2012  840 
8.  08185  MSc Tomaž Prus  Plant production  Researcher  2011 - 2012  360 
9.  19261  Irena Tič    Technical associate  2011 - 2012  240 
10.  10584  PhD Andrej Udovč  Plant production  Researcher  2011 - 2012  560 
11.  08834  PhD Marko Zupan  Plant production  Researcher  2011 - 2012  512 
12.  19259  PhD Vesna Zupanc  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2011 - 2012  361 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0404  Slovenian Forestry Institute  Ljubljana  5051673000  11,886 
2.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  66,604 
Abstract
Reduction of agricultural land areas is one of the key problems which is not assuring long -term food supply security. One of the reasons is also abandonment of agricultural land use which is in continuation followed by spontaneous reforestation where woody plants dominate. The intention within the project is a precise space analyses to determine the factors of land abandonment and reforestation from the side of socioeconomic and natural conditions. Designing of criteria for potential recultivation is the follow-up step as well as possibilities of future management practices. Among them the target is the best land use practice. Beside recultivation in sense to narrower agricultural land use other land use systems which could increase farm incomes will be considered as well. A conversion of land use to actual forest in case the natural conditions are rough and/or socio-economic situation is unfavourable should be possible too.  A test of defined criteria on selected areas of different types of reforestation should be carried out with search presumption for best practice. The test results will serve as basis for professional guidelines for legal elimination of reforestation. Project is based on specialized knowledge from the field of agronomy, economy, sociology and forestry.
Significance for science
In this project, we have developed new approaches to land use planning and evaluation of the impact of human activities on agricultural land. The aim of the study was to establish methodology for selection the overgrown areas for which the reintegration into agricultural use is reasonable. Results have shown that for the region with high soil and land heterogeneity, as it is for example characteristic of Slovenia and the other karst and alpine areas, the expert judgment based on field assessment of various pedo-geographic parameters is necessary. The study has also shown that overgrown areas can be of important ecological functions and represent the potential land for the reestablishment of natural habitats. For a successful and long-term defense against the overgrowth is necessary to prepare a comprehensive plan for agriculture development in selected area.
Significance for the country
Slovenia is facing serious problems regarding food supply due to poor land use planning in past decades. Besides the overgrowing of agricultural land due to specific socio-economic factors, soil sealing of the best agricultural land and changing them in a variety of natural habitats due to inadequate regulation by land use planning, are the main reasons. The results of this project have shown that the overgrown areas could have important ecological functions; they could be also used in the establishment of “natural habitats”. It have been proved that detailed inventory of overgrown areas is needed. The project has delivered also a set of parameters that need to be considered in the reintegration of abandoned land in agricultural use and presented several possible concepts of eliminating such areas. Effective management of overgrown areas can improve the utilization of renewable energy sources, preserve biodiversity, increase food supply and create new jobs and consequently increase the competitiveness of Slovenia.
Most important scientific results Final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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