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Natural vegetative strips

Strips of land are marked out on the contour and left un-ploughed in order to form permanent, cross-slope barriers of naturally established grasses and herbs.

Natural vegetative strips constitute a low-cost technique because no planting material is required and only minimal labour is necessary for establishment and maintenance. Land users appreciate it because it effectively controls soil erosion and prevents loss of fertilizers.

Land use type
Technology group
Soil erosion control
Type of land degradation addressed
Chemical soil deterioration
Soil erosion by water
Natural vegetative strips