NWRM Case Study 118 - Baixo Vouga Lagunar (BVL) bocage landscape, Portugal

NWRM Case Study 118 - Baixo Vouga Lagunar (BVL) bocage landscape, Portugal

Baixo Vouga Lagunar (BVL) bocage landscape (Portugal) This is a traditional practice in the Baixo Vouga Lagunar Area (Aveiro District, Vouga River Estuary, Portugal), since 19th century in order to protect BVL from the tidal floods. Baixo Vouga Lagunar represents a man-shaped landscape working in a dependent relationship between agricultural activities, wildlife and water regulation. BVL includes three main landscape units: bocage (smallholdings bounded by living-hedges and water ditches supplying water for crop and livestock production and also assure the drainage when there is water in excess in the fields), wetlands and open-fields.

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