(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Canal blocking strategies for hydrological restoration of degraded tropical peatlands in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

RITZEMA H. (1) ; LIMIN S. (2) ; KUSIN K. (2) ; JAUHIAINEN J. (3) ; WÖSTEN H. (1) ;
(1) Univ. and Research Centre, Wageningen, PAYS-BAS
(2) CIMTROP, Univ. Central Kalimantan, Palangka Raya, INDONESIE
(3) Dept. of Forest Ecology, Univ., Helsinki, FINLANDE


In a test plot in the Northern part of Block C of the former Mega Rice Project (MRP), a series of dams were constructed and (ground)water tables and subsidence rates were monitored to assess the effects of dam construction on peatland hydrology. The resulting higher water tables did not completely compensate for the negative effects of increased subsidence near the canals. The canals, which are "eating" themselves into the peatland, create depressions in the peatland surface leading to interception of overland- and interflow and increased risk of overtopping of dams during extreme rainfall events. The lessons learned are being used to improve blocking strategies and dam design. The changes in peatland topography caused by drainage, however, need to be better understood in order to further refine strategies for hydrological restoration of degraded peatlands in Indonesia


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 114 [pp. 11-20]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 8 fig., 6 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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