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Soil Retention

Minimising soil loss through having adequate vegetation cover, root biomass and soil biota.


Regulating Functions

How does soil retention contribute to ecosystem service provision?

The roots and land cover provided by all vegetation are important for retaining soil.


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Table 1 below presents the relative magnitude soil retention contributes to different ecosystem services (relative to other ecosystem functions) in SEQ.



What is the temporal and geographic scale soil retention operates at and services are delivered?



One-directional (downslope)


One-directional (in-situ)


The map to the right shows areas where the function soil retention is expected to occur across SEQ. Data sets supporting the map can be found in the Quick Index. By clicking on the link below the map it will provide a more detailed view.


How do we know if we are degrading, maintaining or improving soil retention in SEQ?


Without good vegetation cover on river banks erosion is sure to occur.

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How do we manage this ecosystem function in SEQ?


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