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Water is life talk

Proof-of-concept locations

Here you will find sample locations where our solutions were implemented.
Many projects have already been realized – we are going to post them here once the data is processed and ready for display.

Europe

Lake and rain fountain on Technical University Zvolen

Location: Slovakia, Zvolen

 GPS coordinates: 48.3418, 19.0704

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Parameters: Lake and fountain filled with rainwater from the roof (3500 m2)

Implementation: Rainwater flows from the hall roof of the Technical University (3500 m2) to the underground reservoirs and especially to the rainforest. Accumulated rainwater from the reservoirs is pumped to the ornamental pond spring and to the dynamic fountain. The fountain is transitory and children often refresh themselves and run through variable water streams in summer heat.

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Belford Burn catchment

Location:

United Kingdom, Belfort, Northumberland

GPS coordinates:

55.5986067185,  -1.83175794041

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Parameters: Measures to attenuate runoff were installed in the small Belford catchment, in northeast England, in order to reduce the risk of flooding to the village downstream. The installations involved a network of small measures to capture and delay runoff from the rural catchment, including detention basins and overland flow features, as well as sediment capture measures to improve water quality.

Prior to implementation: Following a number of recent severe flood events across the North East of England, the Environment Agency (EA) have been working with Newcastle University (NU) to develop a number of small scale, low cost soft engineered flood reduction schemes. These schemes are designed to store/attenuate rapid runoff in small rural catchments (<10km2) during flood events.

After Implementation: Together Newcastle and Royal Haskoning have assessed the impact of the Belford approach to managing flood hazard in small rapidly responding catchments. It has been demonstrated that reductions in peak flows can be achieved through storage/attenuation management. For a hypothetical pond network providing 19,250 m3 of storage, the peak flow reduction is estimated to be between 15-30% . 

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Slovakia, Landscape revitalisation and integrated river basin management programme

Location: Slovakia, multiple places

GPS coordinates: various

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Parameters: landscape revitalization of over 25 000 ha (62 000 ac)

Prior to implementation: The program scope included over of 500 projects with a budget of 42 mil EUR. The implementations included over 100,000 natural water retention measures holding over 10 million m3 of water.
Many of the villages were at significant risk of floods.

After implementation: Even 10 year after the implementations are the water retention measures still functioning properly and significantly help to reduce the risk of floods while supporting the revitalization of the surrounding areas.

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Slovakia, Slovak savings bank water forest

Location: High Tatras mountains, Slovakia

GPS coordinates: 49.142044, 20.229594

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Parameters: 40 ha (100 ac) of the park forest devastated by a wind storm.

Prior to implementation: The implementation was done in assistance of thousands of volunteers on a vast area of national park ravaged by natural disaster. All the activities were sponsored by the Slovak savings bank.


After implementation: The forest is making a remarkable recovery in the areas with water retention measures implemented, compared to the not revitalized areas.

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Ecology Work in Tamera

Location:  Tamera, Portugal

GPS coordinates: 37.430734   8.311427

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Parameters:  The land is called Tamera, the name given to these 330 acres in southern Portugal by a community of 30 people who moved here from Germany in 1995. Today, 200 people from all over the world live here. Through simple practices of digging swales (ditches) and creating water retention spaces, Tamera’s ecology experts have transformed an area on the brink of desertification – and say they can do the same anywhere in the world.

Prior to implementation: In the summer months, Tamera looked like a desert with hardly any vegetation. In the winter months, however, there was heavy rainfall and flooding. Most of the water was running off the soil and causing damage to infrastructure, rather than soaking into the earth. It rushed down to the rivers causing erosion and other damaging side effects.

After implementation: The project’s goal was to retain all the rainwater that falls on the land, to refill the groundwater which was getting lower each year, and to provide flowing spring water. Transformation of the landscape began in August 2007, and by February 2008 a new spring had appeared at the edge of Tamera’s boundary. The transformation was very fast a creek going through the valley, and that brought more lush vegetation and animals; wildlife responds immediately to constant access to water.

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Asia

South Korea, Concave green roof as Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Seoul National University

Location: Seoul National University Building No 35

GPS coordinates: 37.456398, 126.952150

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Parameters: Concave green roof is in the area of 840 m2 of the total 2000 m2 rooftop area; water retention measures volume is 150m3.

Prior to implementation: A normal flat concrete rooftop where all the rainwater was directed to the downpipe and connected to the nearby sewer system. As a result, there was an increased risk of flooding at downstream neighbors and the temperature rises up to 50 C at the surface of rooftop during summer months.

After implementation: Concave green roof is composed of 420 m2 of the flower garden, 100m2 of the fish pond and 320 m2 of vegetable garden. This place became a very friendly and beautiful gathering place with the Water-Energy-Food nexus. Green roof community formed and holds several events annually – such as potato harvesting, Kimchi making, etc.

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Al Baydha project

Location:  Al Baydha, Saudia Arabia

GPS coordinates: 21.144934  39.394766

 

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Parameters:  90 acres of mountaneous desert revitalized through rainwater retention measures construction.

 

Prior to implementation:  Strategy end method was to passively harvest runoff from flash floods to refill shallow aquifers on barren land for a desertified area.

 

After implementation:  Al Baydha project created an agriculture that increases the land’s carrying capacity & productivity, increases biodiversity, organic matter/soil life, increases water resources, restores ecological function and sequesters carbon. By utilizing currently wasted flood waters and harnessing existing macrocycles, we established perennial ecosystemic agricultures that increase total water resources and convert desert into productive ecology.

 

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Rajasthan project

Location:  30 villages of Karauli district of Rajasthan, India

GPS coordinates:  27,012968 74,120337

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Parameters:  The poorest & marginalized communities (50%+ Scheduled Tribes & Scheduled Castes) dominates in the proposed areas. The proposed areas are also ecologically marginalised due to undulated rocky terrain, inaccessibility, forest and severe water scarcity in patches.

Prior to implementation:  The unique characteristic of the region is primarily related to water, i.e. inadequate rainfall, degrading ground water level and least water retention capacity of the soil. Variability of monsoon is another factor, which is leading to frequent occurrence of drought. This is the result of prolonged neglect of the environment and denudation of the forests in the region. With a breakdown of traditional water management practices and in adequate scientific water-management systems, irrigation is insufficient and inefficient thus directly hurting agricultural productivity. Livestock rearing is another major economic activity has become unviable due to climate change and loss of green pastures. Such stress on the agricultural sector has complex implications; endangered food-security, persistent poverty leading to educational and health backwardness and out- migration. Because of the long-term irreversible damage, there is severe pressure on scarce resources leading to further destruction of natural resources and the environment.

After implementation:  To implement rain-water harvesting with indigenous communities in the project area for sustainable development and livelihood generation. To enhance the capacity of the indigenous communities in water management and use efficiency. Rural communities in the project area get organized for water conservation and management. Enhanced capacity of community members regarding sustainable water management practices and improving its efficiency. Direct and indirect beneficiaries are 900 families and 6,000 people approximately. Storing huge amount of water for recharging wells and keeping moisture. Moisture remains longer for trees, trees  support neighbouring plants, which generate biomass, good survival rate and growth in between grows fodder or food. Improved irrigation facilities allow two harvests on the fields. Income become higher through work and additional crop. Drinking water is available full year now.

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Australia

Tallawang

Location:  Willow Tree, New South Wells

GPS coordinates: 31.45396 150.21129

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Parameters:  Productive greener pastures through restoring landscape hydrology. Implementing a combination of water management and grazing practices has restored their landscape hydrology, delivering the productive, greener pastures to support their goal.

Prior to implementation Intervention works comprising weirs, swales and contour banks were undertaken to manage erosion, soil compaction, impoverished pastures and severely eroded drainage lines; Cell grazing was established for pasture management.

After implementation:  Overall landscape hydrology has improved, with more water now retained in the landscape for plant and stock availability; soil organic matter levels and vegetation cover have increased.

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Gunningrah

Location:  Bombala, New South Wells

GPS coordinates: 36.47585 149.06236

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Parameters:  Shifting mindset from the animals to the land. Property size: 4200 hectares. Average annual rainfall: 550 mm. Elevation: 800-1000 m. Motivation for change was ecological deterioration and dependence on rainfall for profit.

Prior to implementation Initially inspired to perform a trial of new management practices to better manage received rainfall, Charlie and Anne Maslin ended up following their instincts - fully changing focus from their animals to the land - and they have never looked back.

After implementation:  By constructing “leaky weirs”, implementing cell grazing and fencing out stock from highly degraded riparian areas, dependency on rainfall per se was reduced through more effectively management of water flowing through the landscape; pasture growing periods have increased and there is greater continuity of streamflow within and downstream of the farm.

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Jillamatong

Location:  via Braidwood, New South Wells

GPS coordinates: 35.27474  149.45478

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Parameters:  Property size: 453 hectares. Average annual rainfall: 719 mm. Elevation: 650-750 m. Motivation for change  was learning about holistic management.

 Prior to implementation:  Following reinstatement of chain-of-ponds systems and other landscape rehydration interventions, farm productivity and profitability significantly improved; soil organic matter increased by several orders of magnitude; greater local recycling of nutrients; significant biodiversity improvements.

After implementation:  The holistic approach was founded on the goal of developing a farming system that is economically, environmentally and socially regenerative. It was important for  acknowledge that management decisions caused the erosion, weeds, and economic problems and that only by changing these management decisions could regenerative processes be aided to achieve the desired positive outcomes.

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Baramul

Location:  Widden Valley, New South Wales, Australia
 
GPS coordinates:  32.33092 150.21353

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Parameters:  Considerably greater residual stream pool depths in cease‐to‐flow periods, with pool water storage volumes quadrupled, and an increase in aquatic habitat

Prior to implementation:   Enhanced stream bench development, with channel narrowing, accelerated by active recruitment of in-stream rheophytes such as Casuarina cunninghamiana. enhanced localised channel‐floodplain hydrological connectivity in coarse-grained sediments - important for restoring hyporheic function.

After implementation:  Indicated improvements in soil organic matter levels & cation-exchange capacity.

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Mulloon Creek

Location:  Mullon, New South Wales, Australia
 
GPS coordinates: 35.16326 149.34108

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Parameters:  Progress on a series of research projects on 10,000 hectares of the Lower Mulloon watershed to reinstate alluvial hydration and to implement other sustainable farming practices

Prior to implementation:  Significant reversal of channel and floodplain incision; reinstatement of chain-of- ponds system.

After implementation:  Evidence that the project is “banking” water during higher flows and maintaining higher low flows when the weather is dry. Costs of flow-slowing installations assessed in terms of farm return.

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Tarwyn Park

Location:  Upper Bylong, New South Wales, Australia

GPS coordinates: 32.26566  150.08591

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 Parameters:  Significant reduction in stream and floodplain salinity, and reversal of valley salinisation; low dissolved salts indicating reduced export of site’s nutrient capital.

Prior to implementation:  Increased pasture productivity and substantial agronomic and environmental improvements on the farm, with increased aquifer storage providing effective subsurface pasture irrigation; reduced velocities of stream and floodplain flow velocity, reducing channel incision and soil erosion; recreation of a "chain of ponds" system, colonised by dense reed beds; a sustainable farming system with very low inputs of chemical fertiliser through the effective internal cycling of nutrients.

After implementation:  Major (positive) changes to soil chemical and biological properties.

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Popular literature

Scientific publications

The role of water and vegetation in the distribution on solar energy and local climate: a review

Authors: Jan Pokorný, Hanna Huryna, Petra Hesslerová, Vladimír Jirka - Czech - 2016 - 16.pgs

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The New Water Paradigm, human capabilities and strong sustainability

Authors: Justus Lodemann, Rafael Ziegler, Pavol Varga - ENGLISH - 2016 – 14 pgs.

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Forest clearing, water loss, and land surface heating as development costs

Authors: Petra Hesslerová, Jan Pokorny  - ENGLISH - 2010 - 18 pgs.

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Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for hot world

Authors: David Ellison, Cindy E. Morris, Bruno Locatelli and Team of authors - ENGLISH - 2017- 11 pgs.

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Clearing Forests May Transform Local- and Global-Climate

Authors: Judith D Schwartz- ENGLISH - 2013

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The Biotopic Pump: Condensation, atmospheric dynamics and climate

Authors: Anastassia M. Makerieva, Victor G. Gorshkov - ENGLISH - 2010 - 21 pgs.

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The importance of wetlands in energy balance of an agricultural landscape

Authors: Hanna Huryna, Jakub Brom, Jan Pokorný - ENGLISH - 2013- 21 pgs.

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Origin of the water vapour responsible for European extreme rainfalls of August 2002: 1. High-resolution simulations and tracking of air masses

Autors: Gangoiti, Sáez de Cámara, Alonso, Navazo, Gómez, Iza, García, Ilardia, Millán -  ENGLISH - 2011 - 18 pgs.

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Could critical Australian insights illuminate rangeland management in Namibia?

Authors: P. Andrews, H. Pringle, I. Zimmermann - ENGLISH - 2017 - 6 pgs.

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Restoring Summer Base Flow under a Decentralized Water Management Regime: Constraints, Opportunities, and Outcomes in Mediterranean-Climate California

 Matthew J. Deitch and Brock Dolman - ENG - 2016- 21pgs.

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Origin of the water vapour responsible for European extreme rainfalls of August 2002: 2. A new methodology to evaluate evaporative moisture sources, applied to the August 11-13 central European rainfall episode

Autors: Gangoiti, Sáez de Cámara, Alonso, Navazo, Gómez-Domenech, Iza, García, Ilardia, Millán -  ENGLISH - 2011 - 16 pgs.

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Evapotranspiration - A Driving Force in Landscape Sustainability

Authors: Martina Eiseltová, Jan Pokorný, Petra Hesslerová, Wilhelm Ripl - ENGLISH - 2012 – 24 pgs.

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There’s another story to tell about climate change. And it starts with water

Author: Judith D Schwartz

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Compositional Heterogeneity of Hailstones: Atmospheric Conditions and Possible Environmental Implications

Authors: Millán, N. Garcia, López-Vera, Delgado, R. García, Rodríguez-Losada, Reyes, Martin Rubí, Gómez-Coedo - ENGLISH - 2001 - 3 pgs.

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Indirect and Direct Thermodynamic Effects of Wetland Ecosystems on Climate

Authors: Jan Pokorný, Petra Hesslerová, Hanna Huryna, David Harper - Czech - 2017 - 18 pgs.

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Daily dynamics of radiation surface temperature of different land cover types in a temperature cultural landscape: Consequences for the local climate

Authors: Petra Hesslerová, Jan Pokorný, Jakub Brom, Alžbeta Rejšková - Procházková - ENGLISH - 2013 - 10 pgs

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Solar energy dissipation and temperature control by water and plants

Authors: Jan Pokorný, Jakub Brom, Jan Čermák, Petra Hesslerová, Hanna Huryna, Nadia Nadezhdina, Alžbeta Rejšková - ENGLISH - 2010 - 26 pgs.

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