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RUVIVAL with its own booth at the digital showcase of the University:Future Festival!

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The RUVIVAL team is very happy to participate with its own booth at this year’s University:Future Festival. The event will take place from 6th to 8th of October online.

The festival is organised by the association Stifterverband, which is the only one that offers holistic consulting, networking and support in the fields of education, science and innovation. The association describes the festival as follows:

“The University:Future Festival is breaking new ground as the first digital festival on higher education in Germany: For three days, the University Forum on Digitisation will bring together teachers, students, university management and other stakeholders from universities, politics and society and create a virtual space for the exchange of ideas on digital higher education”.

The RUVIVAL team will be represented by Dr. Ruth Schaldach and Mascha Frey.

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Toolboxes on Agricultural Practices, Agroforestry, Livestock and Living Terraces are from now on available in German!

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Today we are publishing the next four German language Toolboxes, which are now accessible on the HOOU website. Have fun and enjoy learning!

Agricultural Practices Toolbox
Agricultural Practices vary geographically and internationally.
Agroforesty Toolbox
Agroforestry combines agriculture and forestry.
Livestock Toolbox
Livestock plays a vital role in the food and water nexus.
Terraces Toolbox
Terraces control erosion and build soil.
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Summer Break Is Over – More German Toolboxes On Sustainable Water Use Available

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Since our summer break is over, we are continuing to publish German toolboxes as promised. You can find them on the HOOU website. Have fun with it!

Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Toolbox
Decentralised Wastewater Treatment tackles water pollution in rural areas.
Terra Preta Sanitation Toolbox
Terra Preta Sanitation rediscovers a biowaste/sanitation system.
Urine Utilisation Toolbox
Urine Utilisation fertilises soil for non-food agriculture.
Sustainable Irrigation Toolbox
Sustainable Irrigation saves water in agriculture.
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Summer Break

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A lot has happened in the last few months. We have published new learning content every week: introducing new learning tools, translating our ‘Making of’ section to Urdu, publishing the first toolbox contents in German, and successfully completing the fifth RUVIVAL Simulation Game.

The RUVIVAL Team is taking a summer break in August. No new content will be published during this time. In September we will continue with new toolboxes in German and French! And new English and Spanish content will follow.

We hope you have a nice summer!

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With Amazing Proposals RUVIVAL SimGame Fifth Edition was Successfully Completed

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We did it one more time! The 5th edition of the RUVIVAL SimGame 2020 has successfully concluded on Tuesday 23th June. The hard work of all students during the two months yielded wonderful outcomes and exiting debates on Sustainable Development.

Despite the students’ different locations and the particular challenges this year’s edition faced, all eco-planners could work together for the same goal, thanks to the online SimGame communication system. All town meetings and our final conference were held in the form of an online video conference. This multimedia concept made it possible to develop two plans for two different sites with very diverse environments.

Over the course of two months, teams of students from the Hamburg University of Technology in Germany and ICAM in France worked hard on planning two new Eco-Towns in a simulated world. This round gathered 67 eco-planners among them 14 bachelor and 28 master students from TUHH and 25 students from ICAM. They were supported by external participants contributing to the game by playing the role of Eco-Town inhabitants.

This year’s task was to plan one ecological settlement in Wales and one in Ethiopia. Each development plan had to be based on solutions that endure an ecological balance between soil, water and energy while providing the needs of the inhabitants in terms of housing, income, food, transport and waste assimilation. The plan also includes the assessment and mitigation of the Eco-Town’s ecological footprint. For this purpose, different groups of students were formed and were responsible for certain aspects of the development plan, town affairs and communication.

This year the Media & RMC Group reported in our virtual newspaper about the town meetings and planning progress. They kept track of the planning discussions and stayed well informed on the future inhabitants’ needs and requirements. Just as in real life, the virtual Eco-Towns planning benefited from the intense exchange and interactions that took place.

Earth, the main character in our simulated world, was responsible for publishing all the important announcements and sometimes interesting news. Earth had an important management role, since, well… you know… Earth knows everything in the world. Earth coordinated and moderated communication with the outside world, as well as the Travel Agency, Newspaper and Conference Center.

The Simulation Game keeps growing and we are already looking forward to the learning, knowledge transfer and exchange that is to come for 2021. Stay tuned!

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RUVIVAL Toolbox now available in German!

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As we had promised, the RUVIVAL Toolbox is now available in German! We start this week by publishing the first Toolbox on World Water Resources completely in German and we’ll continue posting the rest in the next weeks. The German translations will be available on the HOOU website.

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Screenshot of the German RUVIVAL Toolbox

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Making of RUVIVAL now in Urdu!

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Many people are involved in developing RUVIVAL learning materials. This is both a challenging and rewarding process. On the one hand, it requires thorough planning and elaborate coordination, but on the other, unique perspectives, linkages and expertise emerge from this exchange. We strongly feel that this is a story that needs to be told alongside the sustainable rural development content you see on our website as the finished product. This is why we are excited to announce: Making of RUVIVAL is now also available in Urdu!

Urdu Version: روائول کی تیاری

English Version: Making of RUVIVAL

Here you can have a look at the various elements, about the technical and pedagogic aspects as well as about the experiences of those taking part, You can explore Making of RUVIVAL Simulation Game, Stop Motion Videos, Community Projects as well as a look into how the Toolbox Elements are made. We will keep adding more material to this section as we expand our work in 2020.

Ever since its beginning, RUVIVAL is on a mission to reach a wider audience and spread the word on sustainable rural development. Now this word is also available in Urdu. Therefore, we welcome the Urdu speaking community to our growing RUVIVAL network.

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Update: World Map of Sustainable Environmental Practice Cases – Terra Preta Sanitation

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Today we updated our world map of sustainable environmental practices. Now you can also find case studies on Terra Preta Sanitation – and you can take part!

World Map of Sustainable Environmental Practices

The presented case studies are only a small selection. Do you know of an important case study that is missing? Or do you want to add pictures or further material? Please, send us a message using our contact form and share your ideas with us! We are happy to work with you on an additional pin or add your pictures.

Stay tuned for the publication of the next topics!

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Simulation Game addition to Making of RUVIVAL and Insights

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Making of RUVIVAL gives you a peek into the inner workings of RUVIVAL. Here you can learn how we produce Open Educational Resources (OERs) and other content on our webpage. Today, we have published a new post about our simulation game. This post, Making of RUVIVAL Simulation Game, details how the RUVIVAL team runs the simulation game.

Also, check out the Insights article we wrote about this process! Our Making of RUVIVAL Simulation Game article can be found with this link (available only in German).

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Making of RUVIVAL Simulation Game

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This article was first published in German on Insights.

This is the beginning of a series of Making of publications on the RUVIVAL simulation game. Every year, the participants have 7 weeks to plan eco-villages. 2020 makes this the fifth round. The aim of the series is not only to share our experiences and invite participation, but also to enable others to reproduce or adapt this simulation game according to their needs.

Currently, it is still possible to enter this year’s game. You can still take on the role of a fictitious person who intends to settle in the community later.

Registration for the RUVIVAL Simulation Game

The imagination can be given free rein and can be brought into the planning process.

Making Of Simulation Game Part 1 – The Locations

This first part deals with giving an overview of the concept. Furthermore, the objective of the game is explained: plan an ecological settlement with the mission to reduce the ecological footprint and increase biocapacity.

The english version of the slides are soon available:

Making of RUVIVAL Simulation Game by Ruth Schaldach is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

This will be followed by deeper insights into the technical implementation and didactic aspects of the current round, as well as an overall summary.

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Community Project addition to Making of RUVIVAL and Insights

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Making of RUVIVAL gives you a peek into the inner workings of RUVIVAL. Here you can learn how we produce Open Educational Resources (OERs) and other content on our webpage. Today, we have published a new post about our community project. This post, Making of Community Project, details how the RUVIVAL team created the posts and media for our community project.

Also, check out the Insights article we wrote about this process! Our Making of Community Project article can be found with this link (available only in German).

Insights Magazine of the Technical University Hamburg

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Making of Community Project

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This article was at first published in German on Insights.

The Community Project is a partnership between RUVIVAL and Global Water Dances. Global Water Dances began in 2011, with the goal to use dance to raise awareness on water issues and to encourage the creation of solutions for water preservation and conservation through community engagement. Each year they organise a worldwide event to achieve this goal. In 2019, RUVIVAL decided partner with Global Water Dances to promote 8 sites and to report about them in more detail on the RUVIVAL website.

A call for scholarships for groups from Africa and India was part of this project. The goal was to increase participation in this global event from these countries and we reached this aim. On the 15th of June in 2019 RUVIVAL cooperated with 7 sites in Africa and one in India: Ganvie (Benin), Johannesburg (South Africa), Durban (South Africa), Bwaise and Beach House in Kampala (Uganda), Diani (Kenya), Kilifi (Kenya), and Motakondur (India). On June 15, 2019, each of these eight dance troupes partook in the Global Water Dances event, successfully raising awareness and encouraging their neighbors to action.

Afterwards, RUVIVAL’s work began. Our objective after the event was to publicise the hard work of each site. We collected photos, videos, music, and photo and video release forms from the sites. For each site we published a post. The process of creating these posts is discussed below.

Video Editing

Using raw footage of the event from each site leader, nine videos were made. One was an overview of all eight sites. (This can be found at our Community Project page.) The others were three minute videos, specific to each event. (These can be found at their respective posts: Johannesburg, Durban, Kilifi, Diani, Ganvie, Beach House, Bwaise, Motakondur.)

First, we analysed the footage that each of the sites sent and then used Final Cut Pro to edit them. While editing, we cut out the parts that were unusable. A section was unsuitable if it was not of sufficient quality or if an audience member was in the frame. (We did not get consent from the audience members to use their images in our videos.)

After this initial editing, some of the videos were already about three minutes long; so, further editing was not required. For those that were longer, we had another look and whittled the video down to its most interesting and important scenes until the video was three minutes long. Once the videos were the required length, we added the intros and outros, including credits.

Intro and Outro Slides for Kilifi Video by RUVIVAL Team is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Post Creation

We wanted each post to have some unity. Each post had at least a video (see above for more information), an event summary, photos, and a background on the dance group. Additional sections were added depending on the information gathered by our contact person from each sites.

Creating the summaries of the events took quite a bit of communication with the groups. We focused on collecting the following information:

  • the motivation of the artistic director and/or site leader in joining the Global Water Dances event,
  • the meaning behind the choreography,
  • and the water issues explored and ‘discussed’ at the event.

After the initial draft, the posts were reviewed by the respective contact person of each site, edited and finally approved for publication. This ensures that the message they were trying to convey was accurate and that no misunderstandings occurred.

All material was published at the end of 2019 and distributed through several social media channels in order to rise awareness on water issues.

To see more about these sites, please visit our Community Project page.

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Applications for the 2020 RUVIVAL Simulation Game are now open!

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We are happy to announce that the 2020 RUVIVAL Simulation Game applications are now open! The online game will officially start on the 28th of April. We recommend, that you join us from the start, as you will get to observe and participate then in the entire planning process! Late applications will also be accepted, in case there are still free spots left.

So, how do you apply for the Simulation Game?

1. Go to the Simulation Game page, get further informed about the game and fill in the registration form.

2. Shortly before the start of the Game (23th of April), you will get an e-mail invitation to join our system.

3. Join us in planning new and improved ecological towns!

We look forward to having you on board!

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RUVIVAL Learning Tools

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Explore the newest addition to our website: RUVIVAL Learning Tools. Click on a tool type below to open a page that lists all learning contents using this specific type of learning tool.

You can also find this list of learning tools in our RUVIVAL Toolbox. Speaking of which, the contents of the RUVIVAL Toolbox are getting a design makeover! We are hoping that the new setup will make it easier for you to navigate through the topics of sustainable rural development.

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Happy Holidays from RUVIVAL

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After 3 years of weekly new online learning content, RUVIVAL is ready for a short holiday. We will be back in January with the German translation of our lecture System of Rice Intensification, Spanish translations of our Toolbox Sand Dams and much more! In 2020 we will change our publication day: new Toolbox elements, Lecture parts or news will be added on Tuesdays! Also, we are planning for a new design!

Happy Holidays from RUVIVAL

RUVIVAL Highlights of 2019

Do you still remember our news about publishing 100 posts? Well that was two years ago and by now we have 650 posts online! At the end of 2019 it is time for a little yearly review. Next to publishing more online learning content, these are our RUVIVAL Highlights of 2019:

In addition, we went to several events and conferences. We can look back to another successful year of RUVIVAL and thank all our project partners. Happy holidays from RUVIVAL!

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RUVIVAL at the DAAD conference Virtual Exchange

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We were honoured to participate at the international conference ‘Virtual Exchange – Borderless Mobility between the European Higher Education Area and Regions beyond’ organised by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst).

In the session ‘Building Up Expertise and Capacities’ Ruth Schaldach presented RUVIVAL as an e-learning project for sustainable development along with Durban University from South Africa. The focus of the conference was set on building up more cooperations with African Universities, especially in the field of cooperative online learning. The RUVIVAL Simulation Game is one example for a cooperative international learning experience.

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Kilifi

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At Kilifi Creek, the Kilifi Dancers performed ‘Maji ni Uhai’ (Water is Life). The objective was to create awareness on how to save and utilise water.

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Using a traditional Giriama song for music, the performance was a merger of traditional and modern dance. Choreographer, Mohamed Ismat, mixed these different styles into a stunning dance with a clear message: ‘Water is life; use it sustainably.’

The location of the performance is symbolic. Kilifi Creek is an important coastal water source, not only for the community of Kilifi, but also for the world at large. It flows into the Indian Ocean, connecting Kilifi to people around the world! The residents value the creek for the many resources and beauty it provides.

The creek is even more precious to the community as Kilifi is very drought-prone. Every drop of water is extremely important. In fact, the residents have organized a weekly beach clean-up, to protect their water. This performance is just another step in safeguarding their future.

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Background: Performers of Kilifi, Kenya

The Kilifi Dancers is an interesting mix of volunteers, youth and community groups, and local dance groups. The troupe was formed specifically for this event.

Site leader, Mwanase Ahmed, partnered with local conservation initiatives, the local university, environmental clubs, the local international school, the local government and the Kilifi community to help raise awareness about these water issues.

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Diani

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Students from the Peace Village Education Center performed ‘Maji, Maji’ on June 15 in Diani, Kenya. As a part of an awareness campaign, the performance highlighted the scarcity of fresh water in the area.

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The performance was split into 4 parts:

  1. a call and response song, performed in Kiswahili,
  2. the Global Water dance,
  3. a local dance,
  4. and a participatory dance with the audience.

Peace Village Primary School is situated, specifically, in the Maweni neighborhood of Diani. Maweni experiences marginal and absolute poverty; many residents do not have running water in their homes. And, if there is running water, it is usually salinated. In this area, access to clean water and sanitation is limited, salinised, and often overpriced. The Soa song, used in the third part of the performance, was created to bring awareness to Maweni’s water issues. During the chorus the children shout ‘Maji, Maji’, which means ‘Water, water’ in Kiswahili.

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Background: Performers of Diani, Kenya

Kate Bouchier was the site leader and choreographer for this event. She, also, represents Family Thing.

Family Thing uses dance as a vehicle to provide opportunities for empowerment, support and a sense of belonging to marginalised, stigmatised and/or vulnerable peoples.

The dancers are all students from the Peace Village Education centre. This centre is a small school in the Maweni area of Diani beach which works with children from predominently poor families in the surrounding areas.

Other Activities to Raise Awareness

The activities below were conducted prior to the dance in order to raise awareness of local water issues.

  • The students from Peace Village learned about the importance of clean water and sanitation.
  • Video interviews were conducted asking the school children and local members of the community what are in their opinion the most important water related issues.
  • Posters and flyers were created highlighting the importance of clean water and sanitation.
  • Talks were conducted about local sand harvesting, which is the process where sand is collected, or extracted from the local reefs.
  • Information was shared on local websites and Facebook pages, including Diani public groups.

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Motakondur

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Students from Zilla Parishad High School in Motakondur, India performed on June 15. Organized by Divya Sree Madichati and choreographed by Sriman, the dance focused on the importance of potable water.

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The major objective was to create awareness of the lack of clean drinking water and emphasise its importance. In Motakondur, the fluorine content in the water is 10-20 times higher than the amount permitted in WHO regulations; therefore, fluorosis is common.

Fluorosis affects the teeth and bones, especially in children under the age of nine.  Long term effects of the disease have lead to the death of many residents. Most of the residents were unaware of the consequences, and therefore, continued to drink this water. Now, after a new awareness campaign from the government, the residents began to search for water free of fluoride and impurities.

Most of the water in this area is fluoridated, and treatment to remove fluoride is expensive, if not impossible. Consequently, the villagers of Motakondur must travel long distances to find potable water for their families. Thus, those who do not have the means to travel must use this fluoridated water.

As educating the younger generation is key to preventing fluorosis, the GWD performance was held at the local high school. In order to collect non-fluoridated water, the staff has to walk more than 20 km to provide potable water for the school. The water is then stored in a tank, where students can access it.

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Background: Performers of Motakondur, India

The performers were students from Zilla Parishad High School. They consisted of both dancers and musicians. The villagers composed the song, Puvvula Bomma, for the dance.

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Durban

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The KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre performed a five-part event in Durban. Choreographer and site leader, Vusi Makanya, focused on the droughts common to the area.

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South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It is home to 49 million people. As more and more people migrate into cities from rural villages, the pressure for Durban to meet water demand is ever increasing. Here, Umgeni is the primary source of water for over 3.5 million people. The residents are especially concerned about water shortages in and around the city.

The aim of the choreography was to remind us of the power of water as it moves through our lives. Split into five sections, each routine carried a specific message:

  1. Some people walk long distances to get water.
  2. Water is a vital source of life.
  3. Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a distant land.
  4. Droughts are deadly.
  5. Fresh water is crucial for drinking.

This event raised awareness about the role water plays in social and economic development with the view of changing the attitudes and behaviours of the people.

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Background: Performers of Durban, South Africa

The KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre (KMSDT) is a non-profit organisation situated in Durban. KMSDT aims to make cultural events accessible to the public by performing in public spaces. Additionally, the organisation provides children around the city the opportunity to learn how to dance.

Founder and artistic director, Vusi Makanya, organized and choreographed the GWD event.

Special thanks are given to the UMoyo Restaurant and the Parks, Recreation & Culture department of the eThekwini municipality.

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Bwaise

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Dancers from the Kawempe Youth Center of Kampala, Uganda performed to underline the importance of clean drinking water. Site leader, Lennie Kleinen, focused on waterborne diseases, such as cholera and typhoid.

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Bwaise is one of Kampala’s largest urban slums. The people of Bwaise face housing, drainage, water and sanitation issues daily. The area has severe flooding after heavy rains, causing outbreaks of cholera and typhoid. Bwaise residents have been relying on often polluted underground water streams for everyday domestic use. Up to today, Bwaise does not have a piped water system.

During the performance, the Kawempe Youth Center dancers used different styles of dance. They combined traditional dances with contemporary techniques. Wearing traditional dress, the performers carried clay water pots and jerrycans as a medium through which they could communicate their message. The event was held near a centrally-located, heavily polluted body of water, where every minute thousands of people pass by.

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Background: Performers of Kampala, Uganda

Kawempe Youth Centre uses dance to make an impact on the community. Individuals, ranging from the ages of 14 to 24, consist of 15 dancers and five drummers. The group aims to motivate the community to improve their lives and their environment.

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RUVIVAL partners with Global Water Dances

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RUVIVAL and Global Water Dances worked together to support eight sites during the 2019 GWD event. Located in Asia and Africa, each site choreographed a performance to highlight a local water issue.

Today we updated our community page to include community projects concerned with rising awareness on pressing issues like water scarcity, pollution and other water related issues. For more information about this project, visit our new Community Project page with the first three posts for the sites in Johannesburg, Beach House, and Ganvié. Each Thursday in the next three weeks more project site videos will follow.

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Ganvie is situated on the surface of Lake Nokoué in the South of Benin. The dance group Missimidé de Ganvié performed Atchi (a site-specific dance) to send the message ‘Welcome to the Water’.

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In the eighteenth century, many Beninese fled the slave raids on the coast to Lake Nokoué. Here, they created a thriving village on the lake. Over time, the residents have formed a communion with the water.

But life is not perfect; the water in Lake Nokoué is saline. Therefore, the residents cannot drink its water. Wells have been drilled around the lake, but they are no longer productive. In order to live, they make long trips on boats to find fresh water and return loaded with containers of potable water. It is quite a paradox: to live on the water, but not have any to drink.

The performance is a play on these boat trips. The dance is an imitation of the daily routine most residents must make just to get clean drinking water.

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Background: Performers of Ganvie, Benin

Missimidé de Ganvié is local dance group, consisting of dancers and musicians. The choreographer, François Gnonlonfoun, is a native of the region. Using the knowledge and experience he has gained living on the lake, he created a powerful performance.

Future Plans

Ganvie is not the only part of the country with water issues. In the North, access to water is becoming more and more difficult. Groundwater tables have lowered, exasperating the problem. In coming years, SunRise Films and Ayéman Aymar Esse plan to organize their future GWD performances in this region of Dassa.

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The Beach House event took place on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kampala, Uganda. Here, three local dance groups were joined by orators to motivate their community to combat water pollution.

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Lake Victoria is one of the largest lakes in the world. It is also the major drinking water source for Uganda. However, water pollution is a major problem here. Contamination from single-use plastics is of particular importance to the Ugandans.

Site leader and choreographer, Jill Pribyl, organised an impressive event to raise awareness of this problem. Dancers from the Soul Ballet Studio, the Clay Dance Company and Break Dance Project Uganda came together to perform several dances on June 15. Guest speakers, Dr. Tindimugaya, Dr. Bhasdkar, Dr. Gidudu and Stefan Deconinck, spoke about the issues facing Lake Victoria and how to affect change.

Audience members were educated on the distribution of clean water in Uganda. Additionally, they were urged to pledge to reduce their use of single-use plastics.

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Background: Performers of Kampala, Uganda

The Clay Dance Company is a church-affiliated troupe that was founded in 2009. They continue to give performances in Uganda.The Soul Ballet Studio is located in Kampala. Break Dance Project Uganda is a program that works with youth throughout the country to promote positive social change.

Dr. Tindimugaya is a representative of the Ministry of Water and the Environment. Dr. Bhasdkar and Dr. Gidudu are Fulbright Scholars from Makerere University. Stefan Deconinck is from the International School of Uganda.

Future Plans

Dr. Tindimugaya was the opening speaker for the event. He was so inspired by the use of dance to promote a global issue that he has promised to continue to find ways to use dance in other communities to promote the reduction of pollution.

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A local theatre company, Sketch Productions, performed Droogfontein to raise awareness about Johannesburg’s water-related problems.  Artistic Director, Hannah Nokwazi van Tonder, focuses on the issues related to water scarcity and lack of proper water treatment in the performance.

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Droogfontein, or dry fountain in English, is a good play on words. A well working wordplay as many places in South Africa have ‘fontein’ in their name. The name is also a commentary on capitalism. There is no new land to call ‘fontein’, yet the capitalist owners continue to deplete these ‘fountains’ until they are dry, leaving little to none for the rest. We, as humans, can no longer find the sources of the springs of life that we so desperately need.

The performers are residents of a fictitious town, Droogfontein. They search for the true source of life, a fountain of water. But people are not perfect, and so the source is exploited and taken for granted. Will the community recognize the importance of protecting this precious water or is the name droogfontein a prophecy?

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Background: Performers of Johannesburg, South Africa

Hannah, along with her choreographers Quinton S. Manning and Joel Leonard, collaborated with a team of eight performers from the ages of 11 to 26 to help make this performance a site to behold. All come from the group, Sketch Productions.

One of the dancers, Onalenna Sellwane, was omitted from the credits in the video due to a communication error. Her name will be added at a later date.

A note from the Artistic Director

I remember the first drought I ever experienced. The water crisis was so bad that we had to wait every week for trucks to come into town and bring us water. But this was not free; we had to pay large sums for it. From that moment onwards, I made sure to speak out not only about water shortages, but also the human impacts of the water crisis. Even to this day, I experience issues. Where I live now, we always see water in the streets, smelling less like water and more like sewage. Additionally, we constantly have water shortages, leaving us without.

I was humbled to be a part of the Global Water Dances community. Staging Droogfontein, for me, was less about giving a performance and more about raising awareness about Johannesburg’s water problems. Many times we see the city as this all giving, all divine construct, when many times it fails to provide for our daily needs. [Hannah Nokwazi van Tonder]

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RUVIVAL at Campus Innovation 2019

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As in the past three years RUVIVAL Team members were invited to Campus Innovation Hamburg. This year, the U15 Dialogue on the Future of University Teaching will take place as part of the conference. The motto of the two-day event is sustainability and digitalisation, which fits very well with the topics of RUVIVAL.

Logo Campus Innovation

On Friday at 13:10 Dr. Ruth Schaldach and Tina Carmesin will hold a workshop together with other projects of Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU). Participants will have the opportunity to get to know game based learning arrangements developed within the HOOU.

Find more information below:

RUVIVAL Presentations and Publications

HOOU Sessions (link in German)

Campus Innovation (link in German)

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Update: World Map of Sustainable Environmental Practice Cases – Agroforestry

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Today we updated our world map of sustainable environmental practices. Now you can find case studies on Agroforestry – and you can take part!

World Map of Sustainable Environmental Practices

The presented case studies are only a small selection. Do you miss an important case study? Or do you want to add pictures or further material? Please, send us a message using our contact form and share your ideas with us! We are happy to work with you on an additional pin or add your pictures.

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Update: World Map of Sustainable Environmental Practice Cases – Aquifer Recharge

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Today we updated our world map of sustainable environmental practices. Now you can find case studies on Aquifer Recharge – and you can take part!

World Map of Sustainable Environmental Practices

The presented case studies are only a small selection. Do you miss an important case study? Or do you want to add pictures or further material? Please, send us a message using our contact form and share your ideas with us! We are happy to work with you on an additional pin or add your pictures.

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RUVIVAL now in German and Urdu!

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Hallo!

!السلام عليكم

We are excited to announce: RUVIVAL is now also available in German and in Urdu!

We regularly publish new German e-learning content and we will start today with a lecture on Raw Earth Construction:

German Version: Lehmbau

English Version: Raw Earth Construction

We will start to publish material in our lecture section and keep up in 2020 with material in the toolbox.

In addition, these two Toolboxes are now available in Urdu: Traditional Rainwater Harvesting and Decentralised Wastewater Treatment.

Urdu Version: روایتی بارانی پانی سے کاشتکاری

English Version: Traditional Rainwater Harvesting

Urdu Version: گندے پانی کا غیر مرکزی علاج

English Version: Decentralised Wastewater Treatment

Each post with a German or Urdu version available will have this indicated at the top of your screen.

Ever since its beginning, RUVIVAL is on a mission to reach a wider audience and spread the word on sustainable rural development. Now this word is also available in German and Urdu. Therefore, we welcome the German and Urdu speaking community to our growing RUVIVAL network.

Lehmbau

Lehmbau

روایتی بارانی پانی سے کاشتکاری

گندے پانی کا غیر مرکزی علاج

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Introduction to Greenhouses

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Greenhouses are built to protect plants from harsh climates and to provide warmth throughout the year. Additionally, they help to save water in water scarce regions.To get a sufficient yield of crops, the plants need a stable and a suitable climate. Generally, these conditions are not always given as most regions have to face weather extremes.

The following overview will give you information on greenhouses in general, their pros and cons and successful examples of greenhouses in rural regions around the world.

Introduction to Greenhouses by Shivam Rai and Kevin Bobert is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

 

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RUVIVAL at Klimawoche Hamburg

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On the 28th of September 2019 you can meet RUVIVAL during the Klimawoche Hamburg (Hamburg Climate Week) at Bücherhallen Hamburg (public libraries). The aim of the Klimawoche Hamburg is to initiate a dialogue with the population on the sustainable development goals between actors from business, politics, the environment and society.

You will have a chance to meet the RUVIVAL founders Ruth Schaldach (Project Manager and Editor in Chief) and Tina Carmesin (Editor). Come and experience RUVIVAL first hand!

What: RUVIVAL during the Klimawoche Hamburg at the public libraries Bücherhallen in Hamburg

When: 28th September 2019, 12:00 – 15:00

Where: Hamburg Zentralbibliothek, Hühnerposten 1, 20097 Hamburg

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Find more information below:

Facebook event (link in German)

Bücherhallen Hamburg (link in German)

Klimawoche Hamburg (link in German)

Read more about our previous cooperation with Bücherhallen Hamburg below:

RUVIVAL at Bücherhallen Hamburg

A review: RUVIVAL at Bücherhallen Hamburg introducing the Simulation Game

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RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 5 is Out!

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The 5th Volume of the RUVIVAL Publication Series is out! This volume starts with an introduction on the global soil status, which in the past decades has continued to deteriorate. This is followed by two literature reviews. The first one focuses on soil erosion and explains the mechanisms that cause it, both natural and human-induced. Additionally, it presents soil conservation practices from around the world. Lastly, the third paper deals with traditional ecological knowledge regarding water management practices. It concentrates on rainwater harvesting methods and introduces two case studies from India.

As with Volume 4, the papers in Volume 5 have been reviewed by members of the RUVIVAL Community. We have now also started the reviewing process for the papers that will be included in Volume 6, which will be published in the first half of 2020. Join our community and comment on these papers here!

Cover page Publication Series Volume 5

Founder and editor in chief Ruth Schaldach about the RUVIVAL Publication Series:

“We hope to connect with the knowledge of a broad and diverse audience and provide a deeper understanding of research fields important for sustainable rural development and in areas in need of landscape restoration.”

All our publications are available to download for free via the library of Hamburg University of Technology. The previous issues can be accessed here:

Volume 1

RUVIVAL Volume 1


Volume 2

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Volume 3

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Volume 4

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RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 5

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RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 5 covers the topics of global soil status, soil erosion and traditional rainwater harvesting methods:

  • An Introduction to the Global Soil Status (pp. 7 – 17)
  • A Literature Review on Soil Erosion Quantification and Measurements (pp. 18 – 31)
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK): Rainwater Harvesting Methods – A Review (pp. 32 – 47)

RUVIVAL Publication Series

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World Soil Resources

Soil Erosion

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Update: World Map of Sustainable Environmental Practice Cases – Urine Utilisation

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Today we updated our world map of sustainable environmental practices. Now you can find case studies on Urine Utilisation – and you can take part!

World Map of Sustainable Environmental Practices

The presented case studies are only a small selection. Do you miss an important case study? Or do you want to add pictures or further material? Please, send us a message using our contact form and share your ideas with us! We are happy to work with you on an additional pin or add your pictures.

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Update: World Map of Sustainable Environmental Practice Cases – Rainwater Harvesting

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Today we updated our world map of sustainable environmental practices. Now you can find case studies on Rainwater Harvesting – and you can take part!

World Map of Sustainable Environmental Practices

The presented case studies are only a small selection. Do you miss an important case study? Or do you want to add pictures or further material? Please, send us a message using our contact form and share your ideas with us! We are happy to work with you on an additional pin or add your pictures.

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New Working Paper on Sand Dams!

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We have just published a new working paper on the topic of sand storage dams! You can help us improve the content of this paper by sending us feedback, suggestions and further ideas on the RUVIVAL Community Writers Corner.

The final version of this Literature Review will be published in Volume 6 of the RUVIVAL Publication Series in the first half of 2020.

Don’t forget to send your comments before the 31st of December 2019 so that the authors can consider them for the final version.

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Category Writers Corner RUVIVAL Community

Click on the element below to read the literature review.

Working paper on sand dams



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Sand Dams Literature Review

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In arid and semi-arid regions of the world, sand storage dams can help store water during the rainy season for later use with easy accessibility for local residents. If constructed correctly, a sand storage dam can be a reliable water supply option. The following Literature Review gives you an overview on sand storage dams and most recent research on the topic.

This is a working paper reflecting ongoing work. Comments and suggestions are welcome, please refer to our contact form. An updated version of this paper will be published as part of RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 6.

Working Paper_Sand Storage Dams

Sand Dams Literature Review by Lukas Schreiner, Samuel Duval and Berenice Lopez Mendez is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

 

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Making of RUVIVAL and Insights on Stop Motion Videos

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Making of RUVIVAL is a section on our webpage for peeking into the back office of RUVIVAL. Here you get to know how we produce Open Educational Resources (OERs) or the yearly game. Furthermore, we collaborate with the online magazine Insights of the TUHH. Therefore, you will sometimes find our insights published first in Insights.

Insights Magazine of the Technical University HamburgThis section will grow and it will be worth stopping by regularly as we will publish new content every two months. Together with the first article, we start by providing material for your own stop motion video production. Just follow this link and maybe get inspired to produce your own video. Here you can see our stop motion video collection:

Let us know if the content is useful for you and if you use the material for producing your own OERs, we will be very happy to get to know about it. You can send us a message using our contact form.

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Fourth Round of RUVIVAL SimGame Completed Successfully

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The RUVIVAL SimGame 2019 has successfully concluded on Tuesday 25 June, with the dazzling display of wonderful outcomes yielded from the hard work of students during the two months. Three virtual Eco-Towns were planned, 1 located in Wales and 2 in Ethiopia. Over one hundred students joined in the game as eco-planners – 68 from TUHH in Germany and 37 from ICAM in France supported by external participants contributing to the game by playing the role of Eco-Town inhabitants. They united for the same goal and worked without hindrance despite of the different locations thanks to the online SimGame system.

Tasks in the Eco-Town planning game

The fundamental task of the students was to plan the future Eco-Town and find ways to incorporate various water and energy solutions with sustainable agricultural practices, while taking into consideration the specific challenges resulted from different geographic, political, economical and climatic conditions, as well as the diverse opinions of the inhabitants. To accomplish the final task, the students have gone through several steps and formed into different groups responsible for the respective development plans and town affairs. Approximately 370 posts and 1300 comments were created during these processes which paved the way to the final achievements.

It would be unfair to leave the SimGame without mentioning those important management roles. First is our Earth, the main character in the virtual world, who is responsible for publishing all the important announcements and sometimes interesting news. Earth knows everything in the world and gives direction by answering their questions.

This year over 50 articles were published in our newspaper reporting about the town meetings and planning progress. Each article was also discussed in the comment section and all participants were not only up to date, but also well informed on new developments in the area of environmental practices and technologies.

Travelling to other parts of this fictional world was made possible by the Travel Agent, the smart robot who is responsible for the travel agency. Overall 22 travel tickets were issued to the participants, most of which led to Ethiopia and Arba Minch being the most popular towns. The currency in the game to get a ticket were written articles as we considered the spread of useful knowledge as most valuable.

Town meetings and a final conference were held in form of an online video conference so that it was possible for all participants to present and discuss the concepts not just in written form. This multimedia concept made it possible to develop three elaborate plans for three sites with very diverse environments.

RUVIVAL in 2020

As in the real life, the virtual world will keep growing and improving from the intense exchange and interactions. We are happy to announce that the next round is already planned for 2020! We are in negotiations to get more Universities, especially from Africa, involved and hope to find more future inhabitants from all over the world willing to share their knowledge. Stay tuned for the next round of SimGame!

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Open Source Solar System

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Distributed, or decentralised energy systems can be build with Open Source Renewable Energy Hardware. Within the Hamburg Open Online University project Collective Open Source Hardware, short cos(h), step-by-step instructions were created to build your own open source solar system. The tutorial is based on Libre Solar components and offers a modular system that can be set up, depending on power and storage capacity requirements. Basic understanding of electrical engineering and programming is required for a successful construction.

Manufacturing of a Solar Charge Controller

A charge controller feeds electrical power from solar panels (or wind turbines or bicycle generators) in the battery storage system. If electricity should be stored in batteries, a charge controller is always required, as it prevents the battery from overloading or overcurrent. Cos(h) created a manual that shows how to manufacture a MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracker) charge controller. It is a PCB (printed circuit board) for running an electrical solar power system.

Click here to open the cos(h) tutorial and build your own MPPT.

Photos from the MPPT manufacturing:

Images by cos(h) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Assembly of a Solarbox

This tutorial shows you how to connect the previous constructed charge controller with solar panels, batteries and loads directly. However, a solarbox can be created individually.

Another cos(h) tutorial shows how to assemble a solarbox, which is a small scale mobile energy system (consisting of batteries, electric components like a charge controller and connectors for connecting power generation units like solarpanels)

Click here to open the cos(h) tutorial and assembly your own small scale solar system.

Libre Solar Box Overview by cos(h) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Other Open Source Hardware:

Global Village Construction Set: 50 different industrial machines: Open Source Ecology

 

More information:

Video: What is Open Source Hardware?

cos(h) Tutorial

cos(h) Git Lab

Libre Solar Website

Libre Solar Community Platform

 

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RUVIVAL now in French!

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Bonjour! We are excited to announce: RUVIVAL is now also available in French!

We regularly publish new French e-learning content and we will start today with a lecture on Raw Earth Construction and System of Rice Intensification:

French Version: Construction en terre crue

English Version: Raw Earth Construction

French Version: Système de Riziculture Intensive

English Version: System of Rice Intensification

Each post with a French version available will have this indicated at the top of your screen.

Ever since its beginning, RUVIVAL is on a mission to reach a wider audience and spread the word on sustainable rural development. Now this word is also available in French. Therefore, we welcome the French speaking community into our growing RUVIVAL network. We will start to publish material in our lecture section and keep up in 2019 with material in the toolbox.

Construction en terre crue

Construction en Terre crue

Système de riziculture intensive

SRI

Find photos from the launch event below (pictures by Jorrit Specker)::

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Aquaponic Farming using the Asian Clam

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This Toolbox element was created in cooperation with high school students. Read more here

Aquaponic farming is a combination of aquaculture (in this case, growing Asian clams) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). The main advantage of aquaponic farming is that the system is easy to operate as you only need to circulate the water, to feed the animals and to harvest the plants. The most obvious advantage is that two food sources can be grown in one system. In order to demonstrate the benefits of an aquaponic system, pupils of the Goethe Schule Harburg (School in Hamburg) built a small-scale model under supervision of their teacher Olaf Zeiske. It consisted of four compartments along with a pump and circulation system and they continually monitored the circulation of nutrients.

Here is the report from Felix Leuner and Emil Regelski on their version of an aquaponic system:

We ran the model for six months. During which, we observed that green algae caused many problems. Therefore, it must be monitored closely. Without proper maintenance, the algae would build-up in the tubes of the circulation system and, finally, clog them. To prevent this from happening, a screen could be placed at the inlets of the tubes or bigger tubes could be used.

Due to the fact that we built the system in direct sunlight, we lost much water due to evaporation. This was done with the intention of providing the algae with as much sunlight as possible. Our recommendation would be to construct an aquaponic farm in half-shade. By doing this, you can prevent the system from both overgrowth of algae and also too much evaporation.

Aquaponic Model System by Felix Leuner and Emil Regelski is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Aquaponic Farming by Felix Leuner and Emil Regelski is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

 

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A review: RUVIVAL at Bücherhallen Hamburg introducing the Simulation Game

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Last weekend we offered a workshop at at the public libraries (Bücherhallen) in Hamburg. After the welcome and introduction by project manager Ruth Schaldach, Tina Carmesin presented the overall concept of RUVIVAL.

The main topic of the event was the RUVIVAL Simulation Game. Ruth Schaldach described the game design and showed the game platform. After this, the participants were asked to explain their vision of ecological towns and a discussion started. In the end the registration process for participating the game was shown.

Last week, the 2019 RUVIVAL Simulation Game officially started. We are more than happy that in this years edition we have already 125 participants registered in our system! The first planning tasks were executed and fruitful discussions evolved. Since 2017 students in Hamburg, Paris and Toulouse face the challenges to plan ecological towns in the simulated world created by the RUVIVAL Team. However, everyone can participate! If you want to take part in the game find further information and the registration form here.

We are looking forward to another exciting game. We hope to see you online!

Find more articles about the Game in our News Section.

RUVIVAL Workshop at Bücherhallen Hamburg

We thank all workshop participants for their interest and involvement. Furthermore, we thank Bücherhallen Hamburg for the invitation and support during the event.

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RUVIVAL at Bücherhallen Hamburg

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On the 4th of May 2019 you can meet RUVIVAL at the public libraries (Bücherhallen) in Hamburg. We take part in a series of events organised by Hamburg Open Online University and Bücherhallen. According to the motto of this event series ‘shape your digital future’, we want to show you how to participate in our RUVIVAL Simulation Game.

You will have a chance to meet the RUVIVAL founders Ruth Schaldach (Project Manager and Editor in Chief) and Tina Carmesin (Editor). Come and experience RUVIVAL first hand! 

What: RUVIVAL at the public libraries Bücherhallen in Hamburg

When: 4th May 2019, 14:00 – 15:30

Where: Hamburg Zentralbibliothek, Large event room, level 1, Hühnerposten 1, 20097 Hamburg

 

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Find the program and learn more about the Hamburg public libraries here (link in German).

 

UPDATE

We offer a game meeting on 7th May 2019,17:00 at Hamburg Zentralbibliothek in room 2.4.

During this meeting we can help you with register the game, translation or explain you further details. This meeting also offers a place for game participants to get together and discuss further ideas. However, you can also play the game solely online, without coming to the meeting.

We are looking forward meeting you!

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RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 4 is Out!

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We are excited to announce that the new volume of the RUVIVAL Publication Series is out! This volume talks about the challenges faced by the lack of energy supply and wastewater treatment. Especially in rural areas of developing countries is the electrification and rural water supply challenging. However, sustainable decentralised technologies are available and reviewed in this Volume.

Finally, in this volume we tried a new peer review process and invited our audience to participate as editors. Volume 5 and 6 is still under review or production and you can also be part of our community by following this link. You get the opportunity to read and review our working papers and to contribute your knowledge.

Cover page RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 4

Founder and editor in chief Ruth Schaldach about RUVIVAL Publication Series:

“Beyond providing open access to research to a broader public and making it available for practitioners, we strive to directly include our readers in the process of developing our ma­terial.”

As all our publications, RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 4  is available for free download via the library of Hamburg University of Technology. The previous issues can be reached here:

RUVIVAL Volume 1

RUVIVAL Volume 2

RUVIVAL Volume 3

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RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 4

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RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 4 covers the following topics: Distributed Renewable Energy Supply and Integrated Decentralised Wastewater Treatment.

  • Energy Access for Sustainable Rural Development: Literature Review on Distributed Renewable Energy for Rural Electrification in Africa (pp. 8 – 38)
  • Integrated Decentralised Wastewater Treatment for Rural Areas with a Focus on Resource Recovery (pp. 39 – 64)

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Rural Energy Systems

Toolbox Rural Energy Systems

Decentralised WWT

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Contribute to the World Map of Sustainable Environmental Practice Cases

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RUVIVAL is on a mission to revive rural areas around the world. As there is diverse sustainable development in motion we are developing a world map of sustainable environmental practices. Today we publish our first topic on Check Dams. Soon we will release more topics and pins on the map in the area of: Agroforestry, Rainwater Harvesting, Urine Utilisation and Aquifer Recharge – and you can take part!

World Map of Sustainable Environmental Practices

The presented case studies are only a small selection. Do you miss an important case study? Or do you want to add pictures or further material? Please, send us a message using our contact form and share your ideas with us! We are happy to work with you on an additional pin or add your pictures.

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Sustainable Environmental Practice Cases: a World Map

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The world map shows case studies on sustainable environmental practices. Specifically, these cases stand for different approaches in different climate zones. Click on the pins and you will get more information on cases in the area of Check Dams, Rainwater Harvesting, Urine Utilisation, Aquifer Recharge, Agroforestry and Terra Preta Sanitation. You can choose the different topics from the drop-down menu.

Additionally, you can find more detailed information on each topic in our other Toolboxes.

The presented studies are only a small selection. Is there an important case study that is missing? Or do you want to add pictures or further material? Please, send us a message using our contact form and share your ideas with us! We are happy to work with you on an additional pin or just add your pictures.

 

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