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Nature Based Solution
Systems for Erosion Control

N26 Planted Embankment Mat

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Climate Resilience Water Management Natural and Climate Hazards Biodiversity Enhancement Air Quality Health and Well-being Social Justice and Social Cohesion

Planted embankment mats are a combination of biodegradable mats with a vegetation layer and are used to recultivate riverbanks and prevent erosion. The biodegradable mats themselves provide temporary erosion control, giving the vegetation time to develop and produce strong root networks, which then support longer-term erosion prevention. Additionally, using local vegetation can create or restore habitats and promote biodiversity. It is a simple method that can use local material, and is often implemented in combination with other soil bioengineering techniques like living fascines to maximize stabilization potential.

Conditions for Implementation
  • Appropriate construction timing (e.g. low water flow, no rainfall, appropriate season for vegetation development)
Similar Terminology
Vegetated erosion-control mat
Vegetated erosion-control blanket
    Cooling Service Transpiration
    Building (Insulation)
    Reflection (Albedo)
    Surface Water Regulation Water Conveyance
    Water Infiltration
    Water Retention
    Water Storage
    Water Reuse
    Water Purification Water Filtering
    Water Bio-remediation
    Air Purification and Noise Reduction Deposition
    Air Biofiltration
    Noise Reduction
    Biodiversity Habitat Provision
    Socio-Cultural Services Beauty / Appearance
    Usability / Functionality
    Social Interaction
    Provisioning Service Food / Energy / Material
    Climate Regulation CO2 Sequestration