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Optimising aquaculture/aquaponics in urban agriculture: developing rooftop water farms


Anja Steglich

Technical University of Berlin

Grit Bürgow

Technical University of Berlin

Angela Million

Technical University of Berlin

Publication date:

17 February 2020

ID: 9781786766441

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Fresh fish and fresh vegetables harvested directly from the roof, produced with treated wastewater from the building. This is the vision of the Roof water-farm (RWF) Project. This chapter describes how the project has developed by combining a range of existing technologies such as new housing design, grey-water recycling, hydroponics and aquaponics. It discusses key steps such as planning as well as communication and education strategies needed to involve key actors and win public support. It also reviews challenges in moving from the pilot stage to practical implication as well as potential for the future.

Table of contents

1 Introduction 2 The Roof Water Farm (RWF) project: key components 3 Planning tools 4 Communication and education strategy 5 Challenges in implementation 6 Conclusion 7 References