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Terraces control erosion and build soil.

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This Toolbox is covering an introduction to living zerraces. Living terraces constitute a combination of erosion control measures on slopes. Their aim is to provide effective erosion control and soil building, with minimal labour and maintenance. The entire structure, with both vertical and horizontal elements, consists out of living trees. This greatly increases their stability and durability. At the same time, they provide a source of income in form of livestock fodder and green manure after only a few months. This type of practice represents a sustainable method of erosion control, which can have a chance to serve the local farmers in developing countries. Such methods should therefore be embedded into Rainwater Harvesting.

The introductory video and the summary offer you a quick insight into the main aspects related to this topic. Once you have understood the basic concepts, you should take a look at the living terraces scheme. It gives you visual guidance for the different elements that come into play during the making of the terraces. The literature review provides you with more in-depth knowledge on the topic. It explains the different erosion control measures and how the concept of living terraces builds on them, as well as the way in which it serves in rainwater harvesting. Finally, the Plant Selector tool is a database which is set up to help you select the most appropriate plants for creating living terraces.

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Living Terraces Introduction Video Living Terraces Literature Review Scheme of Living Terraces Living Terraces Quiz Living Terraces Summary Plant Selector Tool


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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November 05, 2019





Stefan Hügel

Ruth Schaldach

Isidora Vrbavac

Giovanni Timillero

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