- protection against erosion

- combination of mats/covering with vegetation layer e.g. seeding and plants

- use of local plants/trees/scrubs/meadow

- simple construction, fast installation

- possible combination with fascines

- slow down water velocity,

- promote sedimentation

Basic information

Retrofitting + Creation


Evapotranspiration 1 1
Shading none none
Reflection (Albedo) none
Water Conveyance none
Water Infiltration 1
Water Retention 1
Water Storage none
Water Reuse none
Water Filtering 1
Water Bio-remediation 1
Deposition none
Bio-filtration none
Habitat Provision 1
Connectivity 1
Beauty / Appearance 1
Usability / Functionality none
Social Interaction none
Role of Nature / Mode of Action: 
- imitation/simulation of natural vegetation layers with strong and branched root networks - natural protection against erosion; reduced erosion risk compared to bare hillsides with a high risk of water, wind and soil erosion
Technical & Design Parameters: 
- mats  fast rotting  coconut fiber, jute - simple construction - fast installation
Conditions for Implementation: 
Good timing for construction, planting is needed (low water flow, no rainfall)
Benefits & Limitations: 
Benefits: - protection against erosion - habitat for wildlife

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 730052 Topic: SCC-2-2016-2017: Smart Cities and Communities Nature based solutions