Purpose of BufferTech
The main objectives are:
- To investigate linkages between IBZ’s characteristics and a range of ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, diversity in agricultural landscapes, harvest of nutrients in plants and ecological benefits in streams.
- To assess IBZ’s designs that mitigate climate change effects on streams.
- To develop a simple, spatially explicit prediction tool for sediment and nutrient retention in buffer strips.
- To increase biogeochemical process knowledge relevant for managing nutrient retention in engineered buffer strips.
- To test nutrient retention in buffers after cutting drains at the field edge and infiltrating drainage water through buffer strips.
- To evaluate the feasibility of re-using WTR’s as iron sludge for increasing the Pretention capacity.
- To test and evaluate harvesting IBZ’s biomass and the value and economy of using IBZ’s biomass for fodder, biogas production and reuse of P with the four private companies.
- To quantify the societal benefits of riparian buffers in monetary terms.
- To model the multiple benefits of IBZ’s by incorporating factors of scale, connectivity, thresholds and indicators in a spatial context and to develop an integrated user-friendly buffer decision support tool including the societal benefits in monetary terms.