. Sustainable Urban Global Initiative (SUGI) Waste FEW ULL and Brazil (Zika)
Projects research visit to Sao Paulo, Brazil, 8-15 June, 2019
Professor Sue Charlesworth, Drs Jana Fried and Matthew Blackett and Masters by Research student Rebecca Lewis visited Sao Paulo for two projects funded by Newton Institutional Links (Brazil, Zika) and Belmont (SUGI WASTE FEW ULL). We were hosted by Professor Ester Dal Poz of the University of Campinas who organised a fascinating set of field visits followed by research seminars at the University. Ester is responsible for one of the 4 Urban Living Labs (ULL) which make up the focus of the SUGI project in which the nexus between Food, Energy and Water is investigated in order to close wasteful loops in terms of resource production and use.
Field visits in Sao Paulo. First of all, in the Parelheiros region, 40 km to the SW of Sao Paulo city, we visited a cooperative, comprised of some 400 small holders producing a variety of fruits, salad vegetables and greens which were grown 50:50 agroecological: conventional. The cooperative also grew native rainforest plants to be used to conserve the area.
They also had poly tunnels where they undertook experiments with various produce such as sweet potatoes, onions and lettuce.
We then headed deep into the rainforest to visit an indigenous Guarani indian village visit arranged by the Sao Paulo City Food Supply, a partner in the Sao Paulo ULL. There we saw how this community is conserving the forest by removing invasive pine trees and eucalyptus and growing food agroecologically as shown in the images.
Travelling to Ibiuna, a mainly agricultural area (Motto: A agricultura é nosso forte (Agriculture is our strength)), but still classified as “urban” since it is situated in the Sao Paulo Metropolitan area, we met Edson on his 1 hectare farm. Here he grows maize, lettuce and cabbage agroecologically. He reduced pesticide use by planting cover crops to protect the produce from insect damage.
Fully funded 3 year PhD opportunity available at Coventry University urban food-energy-water nexus modelling; Application due June 30th 2019; https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-opportunities/research-students/research-studentships/dynamic-modelling-of-linked-circular-economies/
The Bristol Urban Living Lab is working hard with a diverse set of stakeholders to adress critical water management issues including nutrient recapture from waste water and micro plastics.
International teams will meet on September 26th and 27th 2019 in Rotterdam to discuss the ULLs
The ULL implemented an array of experiments and designs focused on achieving a strong focus on the nexus of Food-Energy-Water. more information can be found here
Coventry University has two fully-funded PhD positions available looking at inefficiencies in the food-energy-water nexus in four Urban Living Labs: Bristol, Rotterdam, Sao Paolo and Cape Town. Deadline March 18:
· System Dynamics Modelling of Linked Circular Economies (link)
· Agent-Based Modelling of Linked Circular Economies (link)
Capetown ULL is testing the use of biosludge (exposed to UV for at least 14 days) as a medium for growing plants and are testing the response in a controlled experiment. In addition to installing the monitoring equipment, the ULL will be building a new permaculture garden and a top structure. Over the next 6 months, the ULL will deploy smart water quality sensors in the biofiltration cells as well at the influent of the cells and final polished state of water. More information here