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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).

Insights Magazine of the Technical University Hamburg

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

Stay tuned for publication of the next topics!

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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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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

RUVIVAL_Publication_Series_Volume_2



Volume 3

RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 3 cover

Volume 4

Cover page RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 4

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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.

Click here to open the category Writers Corner.

Category Writers Corner RUVIVAL Community

Click on the element below to read the literature review.

Working paper on sand dams



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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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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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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).

 

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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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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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Applications for the 2019 RUVIVAL Simulation Game are now open!

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We are happy to announce that the 2019 RUVIVAL Simulation Game applications are now open! The game will officially start on the 7th of May. 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 and get further informed about the game.

2. Fill in the registration form.

3. Shortly before the start of the Game, you will get an e-mail invitation to join our system.

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

We look forward to having you on board!

RUVIVAL Simulation Game

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Digital Changemaker group visits the TUHH

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A couple of weeks ago we had a visit from the student group Digital Changemaker. They are part of the German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age (Hochschulforum Digitalisierung). This group is made up of 15 students from all over Germany, studying in different fields. They are working on improving digitalisation at the university level, looking at different aspects such as innovative and didactic learning formats, platform solutions, sustainability, e-participation, etc.

The students visited the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) to get to know different projects from the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU). Carla Orozco Garcia from RUVIVAL showed them how we create Open Educational Resources (OERs) in form of stop motion videos. They visited her in the editing room, where she showed them our video-making process. This starts by creating a storyboard. Then, the video elements are drawn, printed and cut out. Afterwards the video is filmed at the studio and finally, it is all put together with a video editing software.

If you are interested in learning more about this process, take a look at our Making of RUVIVAL Stop Motion Videos section.

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Global Water Dances

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RUVIVAL partners with Global Water Dances and you can be part of the global dance event!

Apply until the 31th of March 2019 here.

Global Water Dances aims to use the international languages of dance and film to raise awareness on issues related to water. The project promotes awareness and a behavioural shift toward solutions for water preservation and conservation through community engagement.

Water is one of the central topics in our RUVIVAL Toolbox and a part in each of the Lectures. However, now you can be part of an international movement to raise awareness on water issues. Therefore, join one of the events as a dancer, choreographer, film maker or organiser.

Already ample dance groups have registered for the event and you can make the next dot on the site map by organising an event in your area (worldmap of registered sites). If you are a dance group from the African continent, there are special funding opportunities possible, just register and you will be contacted.

Let’s dance for water.

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Conference on Permaculture, Sustainability and Water on La Gomera

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Ever since its beginning, RUVIVAL is on a mission to spread the word on sustainable rural development. We just visited the island of La Gomera to be part of a conference on permaculture, sustainability and water.

Local and international experts presented innovative ideas in the context of rural development, sustainability and water use. However, we also enjoyed taking the opportunity to network in workshops and engage in mutual exchange with likeminded people. We swapped seeds, got to know local projects and enjoyed regional products and music.

Specific topics were discussed in working groups, such as permaculture, reforestation, ecological cultivation practices, eco-tourism and water reuse. Thus, about 100 participants as well as representatives of the Island Council found common interests and connecting points to further develop the island of La Gomera in a sustainable manner. All in all it was a successful start for future cooperation and more events.

Poster Conference on Permaculture, Sustainability and Water La Gomera
Programme of the Conference on Permaculture, Sustainability and Water on La Gomera (in German)

The meeting was organised by Finka Alexandria and Allerhand am Alpenrand in cooperation with the Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection, RUVIVAL, AIDER (Insular Association of Rural Development of La Gomera) and the Island Council of La Gomera.

Have a look at some photos from the event (pictures by Sara Hornig):

 

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More information about our new project partner
Finka Alexandria will follow soon. Stay tuned!

Find out more about our existing cooperations and project partners in our News section.



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RUVIVAL Toolbox gets a makeover!

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New Year calls for a new look – the RUVIVAL Toolbox is getting a makeover! We are hoping that this new setup will make it easier for you to navigate through its diverse topics. Stay tuned for more new and exciting updates of our website that are yet to come!

Toolbox Makeover

If you haven’t yet, here’s a good chance for you to subscribe to our Newsletter and always stay on top of RUVIVAL News!

 

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New Making of RUVIVAL Section

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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 introducing a whole new Making of RUVIVAL section. Here you will be able to read more about how different RUVIVAL elements are created, about the technical and pedagogic aspects, as well as about the experiences of those taking part.

Making of RUVIVAL
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Help us translate RUVIVAL into YOUR language!

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When we first launched RUVIVAL back in 2016, we decided to do so in English, in odrer to reach the widest audience possible. However, our goal has always been to reach bigger and broader audiences. As you already know, RUVIVAL is from now on available both in English and Spanish, but we do not want to stop here! This is why we are reaching out to you, our community, to ask for your contribution towards making RUVIVAL multilingual and truly global!

There are several ways in which you can help us translate RUVIVAL. Of course, you will be given due credit for your work and be listed as a contributor on our website. The general discussion regarding translation will take place in the RUVIVAL Community discussion forum. Here both the technical and linguistic details will be discussed. Our stop motion videos are also open for community contributions, which can be done through our YouTube channel. You are free to send us your translation on the topic of your choosing – whether it is your research topic, your favorite RUVIVAL element, or information you think is useful to the people in your community. We look forward to your contributions!

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RUVIVAL now in Spanish!

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Hola! We are excited to announce: RUVIVAL is now available in Spanish!

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

English Version: Raw Earth Construction

Spanish Version: Construcción con Tierra Cruda

Each post with a Spanish 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 Spanish. Therefore, we welcome the Spanish 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.

Join our Newsletter to receive an e-mail when new content is released.

Parte 1

Parte 1 Clase Construccion con Tierra Cruda

Parte 2

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New Topics in the RUVIVAL Community Writers Corner!

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As the RUVIVAL Community Writers Corner slowly picks up pace, we would like to draw your attention to the newly opened forum threads.

Writers Corner is where participants can meet in our forum RUVIVAL Community and be part of the publication process – become editors and bring their own ideas to the table.

Don’t forget, we will collect all comments, ideas and hints on the 5th of December 2018! So make sure your contributions are posted early enough to be considered by the authors for Volume 4 and 5 in the RUVIVAL Publication Series.

Click here to open the category Writers Corner.

Category Writers Corner RUVIVAL Community

The new discussion topics are Traditional Rainwater Harvesting, Decentralised Wastewater Treatment and World Soil Resources. Click on the elements below to read the literature reviews.




Read more about RUVIVAL Community here.
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RUVIVAL Community – Writers Corner published

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Today we launch the Writers Corner! 

The Writers Corner participants meet in our forum RUVIVAL Community. Now you can be part of the publication process – be an editor and bring your ideas into the discussion.

In the upcoming weeks working papers will be presented and each paper will have its own thread in the forum.

We will collect all comments, ideas and hints on the 5th of December 2018, so make sure your contributions are posted early enough to be considered by the authors for Volume 4 and 5 in the RUVIVAL Publication Series.

Click here to open the category Writers Corner.

Category Writers Corner RUVIVAL Community

We will start to discuss literature reviews on Soil Erosion and Rural Energy Systems. Click on an element below to read the literature review.

Literature Review Soil Erosion          Rural Energy Systems Literature Review

Find more about the RUVIVAL Community here. Stay tuned as we will publish another new literature review next week!

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RUVIVAL Community – Forum online

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Dear RUVIVAL fans and followers, we are happy to announce that we developed a new project section dedicated only to you:

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In order to further support you, our RUVIVAL Community, we offer a forum for knowledge exchange and networking. We will keep it short here, as you can find all information about the forum in our new website menu Community.

Even if you are new around here, you can also be part of our community! We are an e-learning project about sustainable rural development and offer several project sections and materials. Find more information about us in our project description. If you are interested in the development process of our material check our making of RUVIVAL. Have a look around our website and if you have any questions contact us.

Join the forum and be part of a community of knowledge production and sharing – we would love to see you online!

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Impressions from the Day of Science

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Last weekend we presented our project at the Day of Science at Hamburg University of Technology (Tag des Wissens). We want to thank all visitors for your active participation.

Ruth Schaldach let the audience look behind the scenes of the serious game and invited the audience of the talk to participate next year. The next game will start in May 2019 and you can already book your place.

It was a lot of fun playing the wheel of fortune quiz! The main price were bags with the RUVIVAL logo as a stencil handmade by the RUVIVAL Team.

Finally, we were highly honoured at the event as the Deputy Mayor of Hamburg and Senator for Science, Research and Equal Rights, Katharina Fegebank, as well as the President of Hamburg University of Technology, Prof. Dr. Ed Brinksma and Vice President for Teaching at Hamburg University of Technology, Prof. Dr. Sönke Knutzen visited us.

 

Tina Carmesin explains the next steps of the RUVIVAL project to Katharina Fegebank, Ed Brinksma and Sönke Knutzen

To give all our readers a small glimpse into the event we prepared a photo presentation below. Enjoy and stay tuned: next week we will publish a whole new project section!

To learn more about Hamburg Open Online University and our partners, have a look at the following webpages:

HOOU – Hamburg Open Online University

Kniffelix

MikiE

SciFiVisons

Centre of Teaching and Learning at the TUHH

 

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Get to know RUVIVAL at the Day of Science

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This year’s Day of Science (Tag des Wissens) takes place at Hamburg University of Technology and the topic ‘Technology and the Digital World’ couldn’t fit better to our project!

Tag des Wissens 2018

We can’t wait to welcome you to experience RUVIVAL along with around 50 other interesting projects presented by different universities and research-based companies.

Interact with RUVIVAL and other Hamburg Open Online University Projects: The Wheel of Fortune

Together with two other Hamburg Open Online University projects, Kniffelix and MikiE, we would like to introduce you to the world of online learning!
We prepared a little game: The Wheel of Fortune will decide which questions have to be answered. Find the right answers by using our online content. For the ones who can find the most solutions, great prices are waiting!

Talk about Online Education: RUVIVAL Simulation Game

Furthermore, Ruth Schaldach, member of the RUVIVAL team, is going to take part in an event held by the ‘Centre of Teaching and Learning at the TUHH (ZLL)’ She is going to demonstrate the possibilities and advantages of innovative methods in online education on the example of our RUVIVAL Simulation Game .
To get to this event,you don’t even need to leave the building! It’s just around the corner in room H0.04 and will start at 14:00.
If there are already questions popping up into your mind, you can note them here and if they are matching the overall content, they will be included in the speech.

 

Key facts to remember:

What: RUVIVAL at the Day of Sciences in Hamburg

When: 22nd September 2018, from 13:00 to 18:00

Where: Hamburg University of Technology, Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 5, 21073 Hamburg, Building H, room H0.09

How to reach us: Take the S3 or S31 to the station Harburg Rathaus and then follow the signs! Or you catch the bus no. 14, 143, 146, 443 or 543, and get out at Eißendorferstr. (TU Hamburg).

See you soon at the day of Science in Hamburg!

Find us here: University of Technology Hamburg, Building H, Room 0.09

Further information and the program of the Day of Science can be found here (German):

Day of Science (Tag des Wissens)

Program of all Hamburg Open Online University Projects

To learn more about Hamburg Open Online University and our partners, have a look at the following webpages:

HOOU – Hamburg Open Online University

Kniffelix

MikiE

Centre of Teaching and Learning at the TUHH

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Contribute to the Next Volume of RUVIVAL Publication Series!

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We are excited to announce that the next volume of RUVIVAL Publication Series is in the making! This time, we want to try something new and engage with you, our audience, in this process! In the following weeks, we invite you to give us feedback and share your own ideas on the working papers we have published and will publish in the upcoming weeks and which will be part of Volume 4 of our Publication Series!

RUVIVAL Publication Series

Your comments and suggestions will be incorporeted by our authors, to ensure the best and most relevant content on these pressing topics. Contributors will of course be specially named and every input will be given due credit. Comments are welcome using our Contact Form.

Through this step, which is a glimpse into what is soon coming for RUVIVAL, we want to encourage our many diverse communities to share their unique perspective and be heard, as well as to learn about one another. We will be able to share important information to achieve our larger goal – reviving the rural!

Click on the links below to directly access the available working papers. This list will be duly updated, once the papers are online. We are looking forward to all your entries!

Traditional RWH

Decentralised WWT

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Another Successful SimGame Comes to an End

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Another round of the RUVIVAL SimGame has officially come to an end. Over the course of one month, teams of students from Hamburg University of Technology in Germany and ICAM in France worked hard on planning 4 new Eco-Towns in a simulated world. They were supported by external participants, who assumed the role of Eco-Town inhabitants. From Wales to Ethiopia: the task was to find ways to incorporate different water and energy solutions with sustainable agricultural practices, while taking into consideration the specific challenges connected to the different geographic, political, economical and climatic conditions.

Just as in real life, the virtual Eco-Towns live from an intense exchange and interactions that take place, which is why it is all the more important that the Simulation Game itself also continues to grow. This round gathered 119 inhabitants. To paint a picture of the exchange
taking place – together they have written 180 articles for the Game’s own Newspaper, discussing different planing options and approaches. That is 130 more than in the previous round! Over the course of the Game, the inhabitants created 450 posts and discussed these in 2700 comments and approximately 35 000 likes.

The planers got inspired from each other  and the virtual Travel Agency was particularly busy, with over 20 trips across the world being realised. With 7 travelers, Pembrokeshire in Wales was the most visited Ecotown. Above on the right you see one of the inhabitants pursing travel tickets.

Notice the Earth in the picture above? We wouldn’t do it justice if we didn’t mention the omnipresent role it played in the Game. All communication with the outside world, as well as the Travel Agency and the Newspaper were coordinated and supervised by Earth.

The closing mass online conference, with more than 50 speakers as delegates for their subgroups, took place last week. The participants were logged in mainly from Hamburg, Paris and Toulouse. Is it possible to build bicycles from bamboo grown in constructed wetlands used for greywater treatment? How can we encourage sustainable behaviour without an restrictive penalty system and non authoritarian approached ? Which water storage system is the most suitable one for the specific climate and geographical conditions? These questions and more were answered during the final presentations.

The planning process in all Eco-Towns  benefited greatly from such a fruitful exchange. As the Simulation Game continues to grow, we look forward to the learning and knowledge transfer and exchange that is to come! We will let you know when the next round is on!

SimGame Earth

This article is also available in German.

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RUVIVAL at OERcamp Nord

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Hamburg, 15th and 16th June

New month, new destinations: RUVIVAL is still on tour! We just came back from the events of last month, but we can not wait to join OERcamp Nord! Again we are participating in the OERcamp, a unique meeting point for practitioners of digital and open teaching and learning materials (open educational resources) in the German-speaking area.

Approach us directly on Friday morning at the Market Place (Ger. Reuse Markt der Möglichkeiten) or register for our workshop on Friday from 2:00 pm, where we will be further discussing the possibilities of open universities and creating a future together (Ger. title: Hochschule öffnen – gemeinsam Zukunft gestalten). For this workshop we team up with our colleagues from the TU Hamburg Library and other Hamburg Open Online University projects:

TU Hamburg Library

Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten öffnen (link in German)

Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten (link in German)

SciFiVisions (link in German)

OERcamp Nord Program (link in German)

OERcamp RUVIVAL

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RUVIVAL on Tour: IFAT, OERcamp & Meet the HOOU

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RUVIVAL is going on tour! We look forward to meeting you at the following events in May, so mark your calendars and let’s revive the rural! Stay tuned for further events in June.

OERcamp Süd

Bad Wildbad, 11th and 12th May

Our first stop is the wonderful village of Bad Wildbad in the South of Germany, where for the second time we are participating in the OERcamp. OERcamp is a unique meeting point for practitioners of digital and open teaching and learning materials in the German-speaking area. Approach us directly on Friday at the Market Place (Ger. Markt der Möglichkeiten), or register for our workshop on Saturday from 9:30 am, where we will be further exploring the possibilities for teaching and learning synergies. Curious to know more about the OERcamps? Read about our last year’s impressions here.

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OERcamps (link in German)

OERcamp Süd Program (link in German)

 

IFAT

Munich, 14th to 18th May

IFAT is the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management. You can come and meet us from Monday to Friday in the Experience.Science.Future Area (Hall B4, close to Gate 5) at the stand of the Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection. On Tuesday, 15th of May at 2 pm we will be presenting RUVIVAL in the Session Area Future (Hall B 4.150/250). The topic of our presentation is RUVIVAL: collaborative e-learning for sustainable rural development.

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Meet the HOOU

Hamburg, 31st May

To cap the month off, together with our HOOU sister projects, we will be opening our doors to all of you interested in meeting HOOU, discussing and getting involved. Come and show off your RUVIVAL knowledge, for a chance to win a prize!

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Meet the HOOU (link in German)

Meet the HOOU Program (link in German)

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RUVIVAL in practice: Project newTree

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This week we introduce you to another sustainable  rural development project which is implementing exactly those practices RUVIVAL is set to teach: meet newTree!

We have also partnered up to create learning materials about the practices they are implementing, so make sure to have a look at the newTree Semi-Circular Bunds example!

newTree: Local women carrying the harvest
Local women carrying the harvest

In Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in the African Sahel region, over 80 % of the population lives from subsistence farming. Population growth, deforestation and the effects of climate change accelerate the degradation and erosion of soils, thus threatening rural families’ livelihoods. Since 2003, newTree has been developing and implementing an effective approach that supports local communities in restoring ecosystems and soil fertility, improving living conditions and gaining new sources of income. The participatory newTree approach is based on the principle of knowledge transfer: through awareness building, instructions, coaching and provision of basic materials, newTree ensures that farmers and women’s groups can replicate methods autonomously and sustainably.

newTree Activities

newTree activities are centered on four pillars which together form a holistic, sustainable agroforestry system. First, the natural regeneration of ecosystems is achieved through the fencing of land, which offers protection from grazing and woodcutting. Gradually, the natural vegetation recovers, first through grasses, later through shrubs and trees, which build a critical basis through their root system and shade.

Farmers are then instructed in effective, sustainable and organic agricultural methods, which improve water retention, erosion protection and fertility. Farmers can either apply these methods within or outside of their protected sites. Critically, the resulting natural regeneration not only restores ecosystems, but also provides local farming communities with new and sustainable sources of food and income.

To reduce the need for firewood and logging – over 80 % of cooking in Burkina Faso is done on open fireplaces – newTree instructs women in building improved cooking stoves. The improved stoves reduce wood consumption by 60 %, which amounts to almost 2 tonnes of wood per year and household. The stoves are built by the women themselves, based on traditional methods and using locally available materials.

The making of improved cooking stoves
Aerial view of a newTree parcel

Finally, farmers and women’s groups receive training in activities to develop new, wood independent sources of income. Depending on local conditions and demand, these activities can range from beekeeping and honey production to hay, seedling or vegetable production, the transformation and commercialization of non- wood forest products or the raising of livestock such as sheep, goats or cattle.

To date, newTree has enabled the set-up of over 300 enclosures protecting 600,000 trees, the sustainable cultivation of close to 20,000 ha of degraded land and the construction of 65,000 improved cooking stoves. Together with its local partner tiipaalga, over 150,000 inhabitants have been reached, which amounts to 5 % of the population in the newTree project areas. These achievements motivate the local team of 53 employees even further to establish tiipaalga as a guiding light in the promotion of sustainable agriculture and improved living conditions of rural families in Burkina Faso.

For more information, please visit:

newTree Semi-Circular Bunds

Website of the newTree Project (available in German and French)

newTree YouTube Channel

Article about newTree in Frankfurter Allgemeine (Link in German)

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Applications for the RUVIVAL Simulation Game are now open!

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As revealed last week, we are happy to announce that the Simulation Game applications are now open! The game will officially start on the 14th of May and we recommend that you join us from the beginning, as you will get to observe and participate 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 to participate in the Simulation Game?

1. Go to the Simulation Game page and get further informed about the game.

2. Fill in the registration form.

3. Shortly before the start of the Game, you will get an e-mail invitation to join our system.

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

We look forward to having you on board!

RUVIVAL Simulation Game Applications Now Open

Go to registration

 

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Upcoming RUVIVAL Events: Simulation Game and ICAM Guest Lecture

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Simulation Game

May is just around the corner and with it some exciting RUVIVAL events, most notably – the new round of the RUVIVAL Simulation Game! Next week, we will start accepting applications for external participants – the application form and further instructions will be available on our website, so make sure to stick around!

Quick recap about the Simulation Game:

It is an interactive learning tool for planning eco-towns. The planning takes place in a simulated world, on the platform HumHub. The aim is to employ ecological design using system thinking and synergetic effects of resource cycles. The planning groups, consisting of students from participating universities, exchange their knowledge, as they experience similar obstacles in the planning process despite being in a different environment. Each planning group has subgroups focusing on water, energy, buildings, transport or community impact, just to name some aspects.

Simulation Game Platform

As an external participant, you play the role of a future inhabitant in one of the newly planned towns. You are able to take action and influence the planning progress. Still not sure if the Simulation Game is for you? Read more about the Simulation Game, as well as about the experiences from the previous year.

 

New Interactive Lecture in Collaboration with ICAM France

Some months ago, we gave away hints about the novelties of the upcoming Simulation Game. One thing that is new is that our project partners from ICAM France have developed an Interactive Lecture to be used as learning material for the participating students and during the Game. This lecture is of course also available for the wider public on the RUVIVAL website. We have just published Part 1 and you can reach it here. Start learning about raw earth construction today and get ready for the next round of the Simulation Game! We look forward to having you!

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RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 3 is Out!

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New year calls for a new publication: we have just released RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 3! This Volume is concerned with the synergies between ecological sanitation and sustainable land management. It discusses different responses, methods and alternatives, as well as the corresponding difficulties and limitations to increase water efficiency in agricultural irrigation and to promote ecological sanitation practices. The synergies between these two fields are in this case realised through the usage of urine as a fertiliser for non-food uses or alternatively by recycling nutrients from excreta in a Terra Preta Sanitation system.

RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 3 cover

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

“In order to face environmental challenges and to restore already eroded areas knowledge needs to be collected, spread, shared, developed and implemented.”

Read RUVIVAL Publication Series Volume 3 here. This volume is also 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

Find an overview about all published volumes here.

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Get to know the Slope Farming Project

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You have probably noticed that many of our RUVIVAL materials, such as the Examples of Agroforestry Systems, the Check Dams Handbook and even our first RUVIVAL Book, have close ties to Arba Minch in Ethiopia. For this we have to thank our diligent project partners from the Slope Farming Project! Through academic exchange and collaboration we ensure that their on-site knowledge and experience can be transferred worldwide.

Trenches Slope Farming Project Arba Minch Ethiopia
Trenches built by Slope Farming team members

What exactly is the Slope Farming Project?

Slope Farming is a research project aimed at developing a holistic land use management system for the productive restoration, conservation and improvement of land and water resources and the overall ecosystem. It primarily tackles issues of the degradation of soils and ecosystems, loss of biodiversity and shrinking forest areas, drought events and shortage of water, but also flooding and non-adapted agricultural techniques. This all leads to declining agricultural yields in quantity and quality for local farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The system approach is constantly being evaluated and further developed with the aim for upscaling.

The holistic approach of Slope Farming is developed within the interdisciplinary field of restoration engineering. A diverse set of measures and approaches from the fields of water and soil management, waste and wastewater management, organic farming, permaculture, energy systems and housing systems. All these approaches  are all integrated in one multi-layered system. The aim is to activate and utilise synergies and co-operative properties, as well as to close the loops of nutrient cycles.

Ideas for small scale business, innovative value chains and marketing are simultaneously developed, as well as new participatory systems, for the local creation of value. With local resources and especially local labor, local value can be created, benefiting both, the environment and the livelihood of people in rural areas. This is essential for the overall sustainable development of rural areas in the long term.

The Slope Farming Project was started 2015 in Arba Minch, Ethiopia by the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), in cooperation with the Arba Minch Town Municipality (AMTM), Arba Minch University (AMU) and the Catholic Church Arba Minch (CCAM). Arba Minch, with its tremendous development in recent years as part of the growing economy of Ethiopia, can become a role model for adapted, sustainable, very productive land use management systems of the 21st century. Such systems can nourish an ever increasing number of world inhabitants, while not destroying but building up fertile soil.

Water retained in trenches, Slope Farming Project Arba Minch Ethiopia
Water retained in trenches on the Slope Farming Project site

M.Sc. Jan Wibbing, PhD Student and Slope Farming Project Coordinator about the project approach:

‘Maybe for the first time, a holistic system in this depth is put together in all its complexity in Ethiopia. We aim to create a feasible, very productive approach, able to restore soil while producing high quality food and protecting the climate. Therefore, we work practically on the project site in order to establish a role model, which can be experienced. Not by textbook, paper or pictures, but by getting our hands on the ground. By working in the field in Arba Minch, we have direct input by locals and can test our concept with the people that matter most  – local small-scale subsistence farmers in rural or semi-rural areas.

As a small-scale pilot project, our work is depending on donations. With little input, we can achieve many things in Ethiopia and aim to demonstrate our ideas in the field along with local people in order to inspire and motivate local multipliers. For any kind of support we would be very grateful.’

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