Soil and Water Resources Management through Nature-Based Solutions: A Multidisciplinary Approach

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Soil and Water".

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Soil and Water Resources Institute, Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DIMITRA”, Thermi, 57001 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: soil and water resources management; agri-environmental management; constructed wetlands; water pollution control; nature-based solutions

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Dear Colleagues,

Soil and water resources management is essential for food security, human well-being, and environmental health. Sustainable management of soil and water resources can prevent or reverse land degradation, address water quality and availability issues, enhance ecosystem services, protect biodiversity, and mitigate climate change impacts towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

This Special Issue provides an overview of the current and future perspectives on soil and water resources management with a special focus on nature-based solutions that are able to address environmental and societal challenges. The Special Issue covers the technological, environmental and socioeconomic aspects of management related to assessment, monitoring, planning, and governance (e.g., living labs). It also showcases agro-ecological and eco-engineering solutions for soil and water resources management in rural as well as urban landscapes, including soil remediation techniques, water treatment and reuse applications, water use efficiency, ecological restoration, blue-green spaces, and NEXUS approaches of management.

The Special Issue also discusses the advances, needs, and challenges in soil and water resources research and practice, as well as the opportunities and barriers for mainstreaming relevant nature-based solutions.

The issue welcomes contributions from different disciplines and sectors with the aim to foster interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration.

Dr. Vasileios Takavakoglou
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • soil and water resources management
  • climate change
  • nature-based solutions
  • ecosystem restoration
  • land degradation
  • water scarcity
  • sustainable development goals

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Water Governance for Climate-Resilient Agriculture in Mediterranean Countries
by Georgia Sismani, Vassilios Pisinaras and Georgios Arampatzis
Water 2024, 16(8), 1103; https://doi.org/10.3390/w16081103 - 12 Apr 2024
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Effective water governance is the key to achieving water security and sustainable water management. This study promotes water efficiency and supports the shift towards climate-resilient agriculture in Mediterranean countries through the development and implementation of water management adaptation strategies in three Farmers’ Organizations [...] Read more.
Effective water governance is the key to achieving water security and sustainable water management. This study promotes water efficiency and supports the shift towards climate-resilient agriculture in Mediterranean countries through the development and implementation of water management adaptation strategies in three Farmers’ Organizations (F.ORs) located in Mediterranean areas. An integrated water governance scheme is presented, which can be applied at the F.OR level for a more effective implementation of the water management adaptation strategy. The proposed water governance scheme has been adopted by three F.ORs (two in Crete, Greece, and one in Basilicata, Italy). The water management system that is developed as a tool for the implementation is presented, and the lessons learnt during the implementation are discussed. Experience from the pilot implementation of the proposed strategy in the three participating F.ORs indicated that systematic monitoring and evaluation of the strategy can increase the implementation efficiency and save resources. Moreover, the significance of internal dissemination and transparency was highlighted. The result of this study is the proposed integrated water governance scheme, which constitutes a valuable tool for F.ORs’ adaptation to climate change in terms of water efficiency. Full article
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Monitoring Water and Soil Salinity across Mentor Marsh to Investigate Their Temporal and Spatial Variability
by Suresh Sharma and Rajesh Bhatt
Water 2023, 15(23), 4172; https://doi.org/10.3390/w15234172 - 01 Dec 2023
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In this study, the surface water salinity of Mentor Marsh, located in Northern Ohio, USA, was monitored for 3 years by establishing 10 monitoring stations, whereas sporadic surface water salinity data were recorded at more than 30 locations in the marsh for 5 [...] Read more.
In this study, the surface water salinity of Mentor Marsh, located in Northern Ohio, USA, was monitored for 3 years by establishing 10 monitoring stations, whereas sporadic surface water salinity data were recorded at more than 30 locations in the marsh for 5 years. In addition, eight additional monitoring stations were established for recording the soil salinity at various temporal scales, whereas spatially distributed soil salinity was measured across the marsh in more than 500 locations to develop the salinity mapping in the soil using the Kriging-Gaussian method. Our analysis suggested that the water salinity in the winter was generally higher than in the summer. While the majority of the sites reported higher soil salinity characterized by high variability during the winter season, some sites reported a higher soil salinity in summer with less variability. The analysis revealed that the salt used on the road for the deicing purpose during the snowfall period was the primary reason for the increase in the salinity concentration in water in the western basin of Mentor Marsh, whereas the salt fill sites and brine well were primarily responsible for the higher salinity concentration in the eastern basin. Also, the drainage from the Morton Salt Company was a contributing factor to the sudden spike in some of the stations of the eastern basin. Both the surface water and soil salinity were relatively higher in the eastern basin than in the western basin. Apparently, salinity from the brine well field and salt fill sites seem to be more considerable than the road salt. Full article
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