Literature Review

Traditional Rainwater Harvesting Literature Review

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Over centuries, people in diverse geographical positions relied on rainwater and developed indigenous knowledge and techniques to harvest it. This paper introduces Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous Knowledge and provides an overview of some of the traditional rainwater harvesting methods. Bamboo drip irrigation and rice-fish farming in India are reviewed as case studies.  It is vital to take into account and to learn from what local people already know and do and apply this knowledge for our planet’s benefits. These traditional rainwater harvesting practices may have a few challenges to overcome, but they can provide water conservation strategies, especially in vulnerable regions.

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Water Efficiency in Agricultural Irrigation Literature Review Creative Commons LicenseWorking Paper: Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK): Rainwater Harvesting Methods – A Review by Sumbal Tasawwar, Rahel Birhanu Kassaye and Ruth Schaldach is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Traditional RWH

Traditional Rainwater Harvesting