Landeshauptstadt Dresden - 16.06.2021 08:27:36 Uhr 01.12.2022 08:05:00 Uhr

Ecosystem services and regional value creation of agricultural wood plantations

Module 1: Promote sustainable wood use along small watercourses

Agrowood structure along a small water stream

Smaller watercourses are important landscape elements in urban and rural areas. They provide a range of ecosystem services, such as climate regulation, watercourse and flood protection, recreation or biodiversity conservation. According to the EU Water Framework Directive, however, only 6.7% of surface waters are in good condition. OLGA is therefore researching how the ecological condition of small watercourses can be improved by sustainably planting agrowood structures near the banks.

What ecosystem services do agrowood plantations along watercourses provide, especially in terms of watercourse , climate and flood protection and for the protection of biodiversity?

What economic perspectives and marketing opportunities arise here for farmers and landowners and how can agricultural wood be made better known as an agricultural product and energy resource?

In Module 1, the following activities will be carried out:

  • Monitoring of the microclimate at woody streams based on water level and temperature measurements and the study of the existing biological macrozoobenthos in 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • Modelling of the effects of vegetation along watercourses on flood retention and aquatic habitats using habitat modelling and the development of flood scenarios structural analysis of agricultural wood structures and visualisation using 3D laser scanning
  • Investigation of plant physiology and rooting of agrowood to gain insights into the development of microclimate, water balance and rooting dynamics of these woody species
  • Implementation of an agricultural wood structure in the Dresden region


    Climate analysis of small watercourses

    TU Dresden, Chair of Hydraulic Engineering

    Manuel Wewer

    Climate analysis and plant physiology agrowood plantations

    TU Dresden, Chair of Forest Botany

    Molecular Woody Plant Physiology working group

    Prof. Doris Krabel

    Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

    TU Dresden, Chair of Biodiversity and Nature Conservation

    Michaela Hildebrand

    Practical implementation of agricultural woodland, communication with farmers

    Biomasse Schraden e.V.

    Susann Skalda