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Terra Preta Sanitation rediscovers a biowaste/sanitation system.

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Terra Preta Sanitation (TPS) is an astonishing biowaste/sanitation system of a highly advanced ancient culture. Terra Preta shows great potential for soil building and nutrient recycling from excreta. TPS was developed through the inspiration from the rediscovered historic practice and is researched at the Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection of the Hamburg University of Technology. TPS systems treat excreta and produce valuable soil amender, thus closing the loop between sanitation and soil amendment.

Originally, this technique consists of urine diversion, lactic acid fermentation (LAF) with charcoal additives and subsequent vermicomposting by earthworms. LAF suppresses odour formation and sanitizes the excreta. Subsequent composting and vermicomposting additionally sanitize the substrate and a nutrient rich humus is produced. This product can be utilised as a soil amendment for non-food purposes in forestry or agriculture. Such sanitation systems are capable to contribute attaining particular Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

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Terra Preta Sanitation Literature Review Sustainable Environmental Practice Cases: a World Map Terra Preta Sanitation Handbook Terra Preta Sanitation Toilet Design Model Toiletiquette Terra Preta Sanitation Quiz Terra Preta Sanitation 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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October 29, 2019





Dario Fröndhoff

Ruth Schaldach

Andrea Munoz Ardila

Maria Monina Orlina

Dr. -Ing. Joachim Behrendt

Maryeluz Rueda

Mascha Bandow

Katharina Dähn

Jorrit Specker

Athul Bharadwaj

Ilse Gutierrez

Pranav Sharma

María Alejandra Tibaquirá

Nicola van Elten

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