Investigations carried out in Austria and South Tyrol (Italy) have made it possible to increase the spectrum of plant species suitable for soil bioengineering slope stabilization. In Nepal the objective of the research work was to determine whether plant species already used and found suitable for soil bioengineering works in this area are also suitable for winter plantation. Considering all available parameters, ten species can be recommended from the 20 plants tested in the surroundings of Besishar in the Mid Hills of Lamjung District. The second part of this paper discusses practical applications of soil bioengineering work for slope stabilization. A description and detailed documentation is given of vegetated cribwalls, vegetated slope grids, drain fascines and hedge brush layers implemented in South Tyrol (Italy).
Florin Florineth, Hans Peter Rauch, Hanspeter Staffler