What you'll learn
- Understand how natural water cycles work and are disrupted
- Learn how you can help restore natural water cycles
- Get to know water-management measures such as swales, terraces, check dams, ponds and lakes
- Practically apply basic water-management measures
- Learn about advanced water-management measures
- The only prerequisite is a serious interest in water management issues
Learn how effective rainwater management can benefit your area or property and at the same time help change climate change!
This course – taught by Thomas Lüdert, lead engineer for the water retention landscapes developed at the Tamera community and in many other places in southern Portugal – will provide you with a solid grounding in the basic principles of rainwater management and will instruct you on how to apply practical measures effective against both drought and flooding.
You will learn how to implement rainwater management measures in your own area, bringing benefits not only for the land on which you work, but also at a larger scale – by helping restore water cycles and thereby helping change climate change.
The Rainwater Management course includes:
more than 3.5 hours of video lessons
theoretical explanations and on-location demonstrations of principles and measures
video presentations of six different case-study properties from southern Portugal
a comprehensive 12-page inventory checklist that you can apply to your own area and
downloadable study booklets for each of the course’s seven sections (total: more than 100 pages of original content)
Your questions about course content will be answered directly by the teaching team via the course Q&A.
The course requires a minimum of about 10 to 20 hours of study time to complete.
Who this course is for:
- The course is aimed at all people involved in practical water-management issues on private, public or community lands
I trained as a landscape gardener and tree worker and worked in these professions in Germany for 20 years in two companies I co-founded: Die Bäumler Gartengestaltung and Grüner Zweig Baumpflege (both still in business).
In the year 2000, I moved to the Tamera community in Portugal. There, I led the ecology group for several years and organized reforestation. From 2007, I was lead engineer for most of the building phases of Tamera’s water retention landscape.
I later started a water landscaping company, Agualands (Aguapaisagens Lda.), which has designed and implemented rainwater retention measures and landscapes across many different properties in southern Portugal, and I have also consulted internationally on rainwater management in Brazil, Spain, Bolivia, Germany and the United States.
I still live in the Tamera community (with my daughters and grandchildren), where the Agualands company is based.