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Land-based Rainwater Harvesting shapes large scale water landscapes.

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In arid and semi-arid regions of the world, water is the limiting factor for food production; especially in areas where rain-fed agriculture dominates. Rainwater harvesting systems have the potential to provide a sustainable source of water, while helping to achieve food security, combat soil erosion and flood hazards, simultaneously, if designed correctly. Rainwater harvesting systems have many applications and can prove especially useful in vulnerable rural areas.

This Toolbox element will introduce land-based rainwater harvesting applications, as a method of enhancing crop yields in rain-fed agriculture. These systems can also be used for stormwater management and flood control in areas with a high and unpredictable rainfall rate. Additionally, they can be applied as an erosion control mechanism. However, in spite of their potential, the implementation of these techniques is not as widely distributed amongst farmers as it should be, due to a lack of technical know-how, socio-economic and policy factors, as well as a lack of community participation in the development and implementation of occurring projects.

For a more general overview and introduction on rainwater harvesting, please check out our other Toolbox on Rainwater Harvesting. A further application of land based rainwater harvesting is explained in the Toolbox on Aquifer Recharge, which provides you with knowledge on how depleted groundwater sources (aquifers) can be restored.

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Land-based Rainwater Harvesting Video Land-based Rainwater Harvesting Literature Review Rainwater Harvesting Landscape Elements of Land-based Rainwater Harvesting Macro-Catchment Rainwater Harvesting newTree Semi-Circular Bunds Land-based Rainwater Harvesting Quiz Land-based Rainwater Harvesting Summary


The Toolbox contains knowledge and methods to revive the land, use synergies and develop degraded rural settings. Each entity in the Toolbox consists of a video and a short summary introducing the topic, a literature review for a more in depth insight into the topic, as well as a quiz to test your knowledge on the subject.

These publications are a result of collaboration with Master students, PhD students and researchers at the Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection at Hamburg University of Technology. They are concerned with restoring degraded areas and creating new, not just inhabitable, but liveable spaces. All RUVIVAL publications are available in the readings section for free as a download as we support open access and source.

Furthermore, each toolbox contains a variety of other tools like calculators, manuals, handbooks or a database according to the topic.

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RUVIVAL produces e-learning material concerned with sustainable rural development. The project exists since 2016 as part of the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU). The RUVIVAL Team produces the material at the Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection (AWW) as part of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH).

The aim is to spread knowledge on sustainable practices. This e-learning website gives you the tools to implement sustainable practices in the area of sanitation, water and soil conservation.

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September 19, 2019





Valerie Mehl

Ayodeji Oloruntoba

Ruth Schaldach

Ahmad al Baff

Alejandro Gonzalez Alvarez

Sing Yee Ho

Lukas Huhn

Rahel Birhanu Kassaye

Claudia Lasprilla Pina

Berenice Lopez Mendez

Julia Möller


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