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dc.contributor.authorM. A. Fullenen_US
dc.contributor.authorC. A. Boothen_US
dc.contributor.authorR. W. Sarsbyen_US
dc.contributor.authorK. Daviesen_US
dc.contributor.authorR. Kuganen_US
dc.contributor.authorR. Bhattacharyyaen_US
dc.contributor.authorM. Subedien_US
dc.contributor.authorD. A. Luckhursten_US
dc.contributor.authorJ. Poesenen_US
dc.contributor.authorT. Smetsen_US
dc.contributor.authorA. Kerteszen_US
dc.contributor.authorA. Tothen_US
dc.contributor.authorZ. Szalaien_US
dc.contributor.authorG. Jakaben_US
dc.contributor.authorK. Kozmaen_US
dc.contributor.authorB. Jankauskasen_US
dc.contributor.authorG. Jankauskieneen_US
dc.contributor.authorC. Bhmannen_US
dc.contributor.authorG. Patersonen_US
dc.contributor.authorE. Mulibanaen_US
dc.contributor.authorJ. P. Nellen_US
dc.contributor.authorG. M.E. Van Der Merween_US
dc.contributor.authorA. J.T. Guerraen_US
dc.contributor.authorJ. K.S. Mendonaen_US
dc.contributor.authorT. T. Guerraen_US
dc.contributor.authorR. Sathleren_US
dc.contributor.authorJ. F.R. Bezerraen_US
dc.contributor.authorS. M. Peresen_US
dc.contributor.authorZ. Yien_US
dc.contributor.authorL. Yongmeien_US
dc.contributor.authorT. Lien_US
dc.contributor.authorM. Panomtarachichigulen_US
dc.contributor.authorS. Peukraien_US
dc.contributor.authorD. C. Thuen_US
dc.contributor.authorT. H. Cuongen_US
dc.contributor.authorT. T. Toanen_US
dc.contributor.authorF. Jonsyn-Ellisen_US
dc.contributor.authorS. Jallowen_US
dc.contributor.authorA. Coleen_US
dc.contributor.authorB. Mulhollanden_US
dc.contributor.authorM. Dearloveen_US
dc.contributor.authorC. Corkillen_US
dc.description.abstractField and laboratory studies indicate that geotextile mats constructed from palm leaves are an effective, sustainable and economically viable soil conservation technique. The three-year (2005-08) EU-funded BORASSUS Project (Contract Number INCO-CT-2005-510745) is evaluating their long-term effectiveness in controlling soil erosion and assessing their sustainability and economic viability. These studies are in progress in 10 countries, both in the industrial north (in Europe) and in the developing south (Africa, South America and South-East Asia). This paper focuses on agro-environmental applications and potential in the developing south (The Gambia, South Africa, Brazil, China, Thailand and Vietnam). Biogeotextiles offer potentially novel bioengineering solutions to environmental problems, including technologies for soil conservation, sustainable plant production and use of indigenous plants, improved ecosystem management, decreasing deforestation, improving agroforestry and cost-effective geotextile applications in diverse environments. Biogeotextiles may provide socio-economic platforms for sustainable development and the benefits for developing countries may include poverty alleviation, engagement of local people as stakeholders, employment for disadvantaged groups, small and medium enterprise (SME) development, earning hard currency, environmental education and local community involvement in land reclamation and environmental education programmes. These benefits are achieved through: (a) promotion of sustainable and environmentally-friendly palm agriculture to discourage deforestation, promoting both reforestation and agroforestry; (b) construction of palm geotextiles enabling development of a rural labour-intensive industry, particularly encouraging employment of socially-disadvantaged groups and (c) export of palm geotextiles to industrialized countries could earn hard currency for developing economies, based on the principles of fair trade.en_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental Scienceen_US
dc.titleContributions of biogeotextiles to sustainable development and soil conservation in developing countries: The BORASSUS Projecten_US
article.title.sourcetitleWIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environmenten_US
article.volume106en_US of Wolverhamptonen_US Leuvenen_US Research Instituteen_US Research Station of the LIAen_US Research Council, Pretoriaen_US Federal do Rio de Janeiroen_US Agriculture Universityen_US Mai Universityen_US Agricultural Universityen_US of the Gambiaen_US Agricultural Collegeen_US of Liverpoolen_US
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