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Raw Earth Construction, Part 2: Main Techniques of Raw Earth Construction

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Welcome to Part 2 of the lecture Raw Earth Construction by Madiana Hazoume. In this part, you learn more about the main techniques of building with raw earth. The following key questions will be answered in this lecture:

  • How to know if earth is appropriate for construction?
  • Which techniques should be used for what kind of earth?
  • What are the main techniques used for raw earth construction in the world?
  • What are the best practice examples?
  • Who are the famous architects and constructors with raw earth?

Therefore, you learn to determine if raw earth is an appropriate construction material for your construction site.  Furthermore, you are able to choose the appropriate technique for different types of raw earth.

After you finish this part, you can take the lecture quiz and test your knowledge.

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Groundwater Dams in Arid and Semi-arid Areas, Part 4: Siltation in Sand Storage Dams

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Welcome to Part 4 of the interactive lecture on Groundwater Dams in Arid and Semi-arid Areas by Josep de Trincheria. In this part, you learn more about the process of siltation in sand storage dams. The following questions will be answered:

  • What is siltation and why does it matter?
  • How can siltation be minimised?
  • How can silted up sand storage dams be restored and rehabilitated?

Therefore, this lecture provides an insight into why it is important to address the issue of siltation in sand storage dams and provides recommendations based on practice.

At the end of this lecture, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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Groundwater Dams in Arid and Semi-arid Areas, Part 3: Key Performance Factors

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Welcome to Part 3 of the interactive lecture on Groundwater Dams in Arid and Semi-arid Areas by Josep de Trincheria. In this part, you learn more about the key performance factors for groundwater dams. The following key questions and more will be answered in this lecture:

  • What are the performance factors of groundwater dams?
  • How can the performance, cost-efficiency and impacts of groundwater dams be optimised?

Therefore, this lecture looks deeper into the technical, economic and environmental specifications of the different groundwater dams and discusses opportunities for their optimisation.

At the end of all lecture parts, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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Raw Earth Construction, Part 1: Properties of Raw Earth

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Welcome to Part 1 of the interactive lecture on Raw Earth Construction by Madiana Hazoume. This part introduces the properties of raw earth and sustainability aspects of earth buildings. The following questions will be answered in this lecture:

  • What is raw earth?
  • Where and when has this material been used in construction?
  • How can raw earth material improve thermal comfort in a building?
  • Why is raw earth a sustainable material?

Therefore, this lecture gives you an historical background and practice examples. Furthermore, it goes into detail on using raw earth for insulation purposes.

At the end of both parts, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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Groundwater Dams in Arid and Semi-arid Areas, Part 2: Subsurface Dams and Sand Storage Dams

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Welcome to Part 2 of the interactive lecture on Groundwater Dams in Arid and Semi-arid Areas by Josep de Trincheria. This part is directed towards the two main types of groundwater dams: subsurface and sand storage dams. The following key questions will be answered in this lecture:

  • What needs to be considered before planning a groundwater dam?
  • What is a subsurface dam?
  • What is a sand storage dam?
  • What are the main disadvantages and advantages of groundwater dams?
  • What are the cost-efficiency factors of groundwater dams?

Therefore, this lecture delves further into the different types of groundwater dams and their characteristics.

At the end of all lecture parts, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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Groundwater Dams in Arid and Semi-arid Areas, Part 1: Potential and Significance

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Welcome to Part 1 of the interactive lecture on Groundwater Dams in Arid and Semi-arid Areas by Josep de Trincheria. This part is concerned with the potential and significance of groundwater dams, focusing on arid and semi-arid areas. The following topics and more will be covered in this lecture:

  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Seasonal sandy streams
  • Groundwater dams

Therefore, this lecture provides you with the initial knowledge on groundwater dams needed to better understand the following lectures.

At the end of all lecture parts, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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System of Rice Intensification, Part 3: SRI Success Stories Worldwide

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Welcome to Part 3 of the lecture System of Rice Intensification by Tavseef Mairaj Shah. This part takes you on a journey to discover SRI success stories worldwide. The following key topics are addressed:

  • The Spread of SRI Around The World
  • How SRI is Building Resilience in Small Holder Farms
  • Scientific Literature about SRI

Therefore, you will learn how SRI is contributing to building resilience in smallholder farms and be introduced to further literature on this topic.

After you finish this part, you can take the lecture quiz and test your knowledge. 

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System of Rice Intensification, Part 2: SRI Principles and Relevance

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Welcome to Part 2 of the lecture System of Rice Intensification by Tavseef Mairaj Shah. In this part, you learn more about the main principles behind SRI and why it is considered a climate-smart agriculture management strategy. The following key topics are addressed:

  • Introduction to SRI
  • SRI as a Climate-Smart Agriculture Management Strategy
  • Soil, Water, and Nutrient Management
  • Resilience in the Face of Climate Change

Therefore, you learn to more about soil, water and nutrient management and the importance of agricultural resilience in the face of climate change.

After you finish this part, you can take the lecture quiz and test your knowledge.

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System of Rice Intensification, Part 1: Food Sovereignty & Climate Change

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Welcome to Part 1 of the interactive lecture System of Rice Intensification by Tavseef Mairaj Shah. This part examines current unsustainable agricultural practices and goes on to explain the relationship between climate change and food sovereignty. These topics are covered:

  • Climate Change and Agriculture
  • Unsustainable Practices in Agriculture (plowing, mineral fertilisers, water overuse)
  • Agriculture as Livelihood (South Asia)
  • The Need for Resilience in Small Farms (systems approach)

Therefore, this lecture gives you an insight on agricultural practices, especially, in south Asia and the need for holistic approaches to tackle climate change. Consequently, the relevance of SRI in present times will be discussed.

At the end of all parts, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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Soil, Water & Food Security Part 4: Restoration in Practice

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Welcome to Part 4 of the interactive lecture on Soil, Water and Food Security by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Otterpohl. In this part, you learn more about what soil restoration is in practice. The following restoration projects will be introduced:

  • Miracle Water Village
  • Slope Farming Project
  • Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR)
  • Resource Oriented Sanitation in Cagayan de Oro
  • Climate Farming
  • Loess Plateau
  • La Ferme du Bec Hellouin
  • New Towns

Therefore, this lecture will explain what soil restoration looks like in practice. Several restoration projects will be presented, but also alternative sanitation practices, namely Terra Preta Sanitation, which enable production of a nutrient rich humus that can be applied to soil as a fertiliser.

At the end of this lecture, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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Soil – Water & Food Security, Part 3: Regenerative Agriculture

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Welcome to Part 3 of the interactive lecture on Soil, Water and Food Security by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Otterpohl. In this part, you learn more about regenerative agriculture. The following key questions and more will be answered in this lecture:

  • How do we define organic agriculture?
  • What is regenerative agriculture?
  • What is agroforestry?
  • Why do we need reproductive seeds?
  • What are rainwater harvesting techniques?

Therefore, this lecture introduces regenerative agricultural practices, such as organic agriculture, agroforestry, rainwater harvesting and keyline systems. Additional aspects of regenerative agriculture, such as the building of humus, the potential role of mycorrhiza fungi, or avoidance of tillage practices are discussed, among other.

At the end of all lecture parts, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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Soil – Water & Food Security, Part 2: The Humus Ecosystem

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Welcome to Part 2 of the interactive lecture on Soil, Water and Food Security by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Otterpohl. In this part, you learn more about the humus ecosystem. The following key questions will be answered in this lecture:

  • What are the benefits of a healthy humus ecosystem?
  • How do land use and rainfall infiltration correlate?
  • What is the rhizosphere?
  • How does a plant choose between agro-chemical and humus-rich soil?

Therefore, this lecture will further illustrate the humus ecosystem, more specifically, which animals belong to the soil food web and what the benefits of a healthy humus ecosystem are.

At the end of all lecture parts, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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Soil – Water & Food Security, Part 1: Soil Health – A Foundation for our Survival

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Welcome to Part 1 of the interactive lecture on Soil, Water and Food Security by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Otterpohl. This part introduces the general concepts related to soil health, which is a foundation for our survival. The following questions and more will be answered in this lecture:

  • What is soil?
  • What is healthy soil?
  • What is soil degradation?
  • What are the types of soil degradation?
  • How is the global soil quality distribution?
  • How does soil degradation affect our lives?
  • What are the interconnections between agro-chemical agriculture and soil quality?

Therefore, this lecture provides you with the most important background knowledge for understanding the lectures that follow.

At the end of all lecture parts, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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Waterborne Diseases and Prevention, Part 2: Pathogenic Microorganisms

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Welcome to Part 2 of the interactive lecture on Waterborne Diseases and Prevention by Dr. Caroline Ajonina. In this part, you learn more about pathogenic microorganisms. The following topics will be introduced:

  • Protozoa
  • Bacteria
  • Pathogenic Escherichia Coli
  • Metazoa
  • Imported Schistosomiasis
  • Prevention

Therefore, this lecture introduces the role of pathogenic microorganisms in the transmission of diseases. You will also learn the most important prevention measures related to different pathogenic microorganisms.

At the end of this lecture, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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Waterborne Diseases and Prevention, Part 1: Waterborne Diseases

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Welcome to Part 1 of the interactive lecture on Waterborne Diseases and Prevention by Dr. Caroline Ajonina. This part will introduce you to waterborne diseases. The following topics and more will be covered in this lecture:

  • Global disease burden
  • Introduction to pathogens
  • Contamination
  • Transmission
  • Introduction to waterborne diseases

Therefore, in this lecture you will learn why they are an important global public health threat. You will further learn about contamination pathways, as well as best practices for avoiding waterborne disease outbreaks.

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Eco-Houses in Different Climates, Part 4: Historical Development and Examples

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Welcome to Part 4 of the interactive lecture on Eco-Houses in Different Climates by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Otterpohl. In this part, you learn more about the historical development of eco-housing and existing practice examples. The following topics will be introduced:

  • From Bauhaus to eco-house
  • A pattern language
  • Micro house
  • Tiny houses
  • ‘Bio-solar Haus’

Therefore, this lecture provides an overview of the historical development, from Bauhaus to modern ecological design, and examples of eco-housing.

At the end of this lecture, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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Eco-Houses in Different Climates, Part 3: Operation and Demolition

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Welcome to Part 3 of the interactive lecture on Eco-Houses in Different Climates by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Otterpohl. In this part, you learn more about the operation and demolition phase. The following key topics and more will be covered in this lecture:

  • Energy needs for operation
  • Energy sources
  • Solar cooling
  • Woodgas stoves
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Water efficiency
  • Conventional and dry sanitation
  • Composting
  • Occupant health and safety
  • Demolition

Therefore, this lecture looks into the pros and cons of renewable energy sources, water efficiency and different sanitation options available, composting, as well as aspects to be considered regarding demolition.

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Eco-Houses in Different Climates, Part 2: Construction

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Welcome to Part 2 of the interactive lecture on Eco-Houses in Different Climates by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Otterpohl. This part is on the design and construction of eco-housing. The following key topics will be covered in this lecture:

  • Introduction to construction materials
  • Solid wood as a construction material: Holz 100 and Nur Holz
  • A future with natural wood: traditional and scientific facts about trees
  • Loam bricks in construction
  • Modular construction
  • Tiny house concept
  • Earthships
  • Green roofs

Therefore, this lecture delves into eco-friendly construction materials, namely wood and loam bricks, as well as principles of modular construction.

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Eco-Houses in Different Climates, Part 1: Siting and Design

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Welcome to Part 1 of the interactive lecture on Eco-Houses in Different Climates by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Otterpohl. This part is concerned with proper building siting for eco-houses in different climates and social conditions. The following topics and more will be covered in this lecture:

  • Introduction to Eco-housing
  • Life-cycle approach in Eco-housing
  • Sitting: different climates and social conditions
  • The golden section
  • House orientation and topography

Therefore, this lecture provides you with the knowledge on how eco-housing can maximise the use of available energy from the environment and in addition, how to employ principles of passive design.

At the end of all lecture parts, you can test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

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