Afforestation Strategies with Respect to Forest–Water Interactions

  • Yannis RaftoyannisEmail author
  • Michael Bredemeier
  • Rasa Buozyte
  • Norbert Lamersdorf
  • Andreas Mavrogiakoumos
  • Edda Oddsdóttir
  • Ivaylo Velichkov
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 212)


The relationships of afforestation and the water cycle is the subject of this chapter. Forests consume more water than other land use types but also improve peak flow control in wetter environments. As a consequence, large scale afforestation efforts usually reduce ground water yields and runoff and extensive energy wood plantations can be financially attractive only in the more humid environments of Europe. On the other hand, the success of afforestations is a major concern in the dry Mediterranean environment. Carefully selected tree species and their combinations, together with specially adapted site preparation and planting techniques are offering perspectives for successful afforestation efforts even under harsh and adverse drought regimes.


Groundwater Recharge Water Yield Nitrate Leaching Short Rotation Coppice Nurse Plant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yannis Raftoyannis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Bredemeier
    • 2
  • Rasa Buozyte
    • 3
  • Norbert Lamersdorf
    • 4
  • Andreas Mavrogiakoumos
    • 5
  • Edda Oddsdóttir
    • 6
  • Ivaylo Velichkov
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Forestry and Environmental ManagementKarpenisiGreece
  2. 2.Forest Ecosystems Research CentreUniversity of GoettingenGoettingenGermany
  3. 3.Department of EcologyLithuania Forest Research InstituteGirionys, Kaunas distrLithuania
  4. 4.Department of Pedology of the Temperate Regions, Buesgen InstituteUniversity of GoettingenGoettingenGermany
  5. 5.Forestry DepartmentCyprus Forestry CollegeLimassolCyprus
  6. 6.Icelandic Forest ResearchReykjavikIceland
  7. 7.Department of SilvicultureInstitute of Forestry, Bulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria

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