Agroforestry and ecology

O investment in restoration of landscapes It was from the beginning one of the main areas of the Ecovillage of Janas. Seeking to know their cycles and beneficial interactions, we have been introducing species in order to increase biodiversity and thus create a more resilient ecosystem. This restoration work has also gone largely by:

  • line recovery of water and vegetation associated with the river semi-intermittent running through the landscape of Ecovillage
  • recovery of lines and water flows upstream so restructure the route and natural flow of water lines
  • to be continued introduction of organic matter in soil e use of biomass in the system
  • increased capacity and soil quality and consequently of tree layer of fixing and semi-shrub
  • maintaining and control of invasive species, reusing them also as a resource in other areas of intervention (ex:bio-construction, fodder for animals) e reintroducing the typical and natural flora of the region
  • creating a mixed and productive system the small scale and intensive between a forest and agriculture
  • introduction of diverse species the tree layer, shrubs and ground cover
  • increasing the resilience of ecosystems due to increased biodiversity (plants, avifauna, insects, microbiology, etc.)
  • considerable increase in productivity of agroforestry system
  • propagation of plants and seeds and preserving traditional species and introduction of new species adapted to the Mediterranean climate

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A landscape intervened in the Ecovillage of Janas has been a living example of considerable ecological succession and an increase in biodiversity and productivity in many ways (biomass, ground cover, foods, soil quality, etc.). With this intervention also we have the vision to inspire and share this experience so it can be replicated in other landscapes to local or regional scale.

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