Forest use strategies in watershed management and restoration: application to three small mountain watersheds in Latin America

  • Juan Ángel Mintegui Aguirre | juanangel.mintegui@upm.es Department of Forest Engineering, Technical University of Madrid, Spain.
  • José Carlos Robredo Sánchez Department of Forest Engineering, Technical University of Madrid, Spain.
  • Carlos de Gonzalo Aranoa Department of Forest Engineering, Technical University of Madrid, Spain.
  • Pablo Huelin Rueda Department of Forest Engineering, Technical University of Madrid, Spain.
  • Jorge Fallas International Center in Economic Policy for the Sustainable Development (CINPE), National University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.
  • Felipe Cisneros Water and Soil Management Program (PROMAS), Department of Water and Soil Resources Engineering, University of Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • Pedro Cisneros Water and Soil Management Program (PROMAS), Department of Water and Soil Resources Engineering, University of Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • Adriana Urciuolo National University of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia, Argentina.
  • Rodolfo Iturraspe National University of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia, Argentina.

Abstract

The effect of forests on flow and flood lamination decreases as the magnitude and intensity of torrential events and the watershed surface increase, thus resulting negligible when extreme events affect large catchments. However the effect of forests is advantageous in case of major events, which occur more often, and is particularly effective in soil erosion control. As a result, forests have been extensively used for watershed management and restoration, since they regulate water and sediments cycles, preventing the degradation of catchments.

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2014-06-20
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water and sediments cycle, water and sediments dynamics, forest, watershed management and restoration.
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Mintegui Aguirre, J. Ángel, Robredo Sánchez, J. C., de Gonzalo Aranoa, C., Huelin Rueda, P., Fallas, J., Cisneros, F., Cisneros, P., Urciuolo, A., & Iturraspe, R. (2014). Forest use strategies in watershed management and restoration: application to three small mountain watersheds in Latin America. Journal of Agricultural Engineering, 45(1), 3-14. https://doi.org/10.4081/jae.2014.221