Green cover

Code: 
A08
Sector: 
Agriculture
The complete description of the NWRM: 
Summary: 

Green cover (including cover crops or catch crops) refers to crops planted in late summer or autumn, usually on arable land, to protect the soil, which would otherwise lie bare during the winter, against wind and water erosion.  Green cover crops also improve the structure of the soil, diversify the cropping system, and mitigate the loss of soluble nutrients. 

Illustration(s): 

 

Orchard with green cover

Source: Gonzalo Delacámara’s presentation, NWRM Workshop 1 (Spain)

Possible benefits with level: 
Benefitssort descending Level
BP2 - Slow runoff High
BP5 - Increase evapotranspiration Medium
BP6 - Increase infiltration and/or groundwater recharge Medium
BP7 - Increase soil water retention Medium
BP8 - Reduce pollutant sources Low
BP9 - Intercept pollution pathways High
BP10 - Reduce erosion and/or sediment delivery High
BP11 - Improve soils Medium
BP14 - Create terrestrial habitats Low
BP17 - Absorb and/or retain CO2 Medium
ES3 - Natural biomass production Low
ES4 - Biodiversity preservation Low
ES5 - Climate change adaptation and mitigation Medium
ES6 - Groundwater/aquifer recharge Medium
ES7 - Flood risk reduction High
ES8 - Erosion/sediment control High
ES9 - Filtration of pollutants High
PO2 - Improving status of physico-chemical quality elements Low
PO3 - Improving status of hydromorphology quality elements Medium
PO4 - Improving chemical status and priority substances Low
PO6 - Improving chemical status Low
PO5 - Improving quantitative status Low
PO7 - Prevent surface water status deterioration High
PO8 - Prevent groundwater status deterioration Medium
PO9 - Take adequate and co-ordinated measures to reduce flood risks High
PO10 - Protection of important habitats Low
PO11 - Better protection for ecosystems and more use of Green Infrastructure High
PO12 - More sustainable agriculture and forestry High
PO14 - Prevention of biodiversity loss High
Last updated: 08 Jun 2015 | Top