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Vijulie I.,University of Bucharest | Tirla L.,University of Bucharest | Manea G.,University of Bucharest | Achim E.,Institute of Research and Forest Management ICAS
Geographica Pannonica | Year: 2013

Water scarcity, drought, and land degradation are particularly serious environmental issues in Romania (south-western Boianu Plain and Olt meadow, part of theVallachian Plain). We propose a possible solution for decreasing the impact of climate change and preventing land degradation by planting shelterbelts. The main research methods approached were: direct observation, investigation method (interview), numerical methods of identifying the ecological potential of the land, selection of the appropriate species to be planted, and GIS mapping. The proposed solution isto createfield shelterbelts after a theoretical model of configuring, composing and setting them within a village areain theBoianu Plain. The lackof specialized cadastreandfunds hampers the implementation of theproject. The locals and landowners in the area must be fully aware of the importance of shelterbelts. Thus, the environmental and their living conditions would be highly improved; the effects of droughts would diminish gradually and agricultural outputgrowth. Another pending issue is to create a methodology in order to compensate the owners who disagree with the changes in land use. The area to be planted with shelterbelts is currentlythe agricultural land they own.

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