In this Living Terraces literature review, we will discuss the role of living terraces in erosion control and rainwater harvesting. The concept of living terraces is a combination of several erosion control methods. It aims to minimise the needed workload and begins to be productive soon after establishment. The entire structure, with both vertical and horizontal elements, is made out of living trees. This greatly increases their stability and durability. We will first introduce you to conventional erosion control measures – hedgerows, swales and terraces. The literature review will also explain proper building practices and propose suitable plant species.
UPDATE: The updated version of this literature review is part of RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 1.
- A Review of Agroforestry Practices with an Introduction to the Arba Minch Slope Farming Project (pp. 6-13)
- Living Terraces as Practices in Erosion Prevention and Rainwater Harvesting (pp. 14-19)
- A Review of Check Dams as an Erosion Control Practice with a Special Focus on the Loess Plateau, China (pp. 20-27)