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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1896;

Using Green Water Farm to Improve Ecological Restoration

Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, MingDao University, No. 369, Wen-Hua Rd., Peetow, Changhua 52345, Taiwan
Graduate Institute of Architecture and Sustainable Planning, National Ilan University, Ilan 26047, Taiwan
Department of Post-Modern Agriculture, MingDao University, Changhua 52345, Taiwan
Department of Landscape Architecture, National Chiayi University, Chiayi 60004, Taiwan
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Received: 23 August 2017 / Revised: 10 October 2017 / Accepted: 14 October 2017 / Published: 20 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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Abstract: Artificial Floating Islands (AFIs) are human-made floating structures capable of supporting aquatic vegetation. Previous studies pointed out that most AFIs use aquatic plants to carry out improvement of water quality and ecological conservation. This study proposed a modified AFI system, named Green Water Farm (GWF), to increase the practical application value of traditional AFIs, and added a special design to create an environment that allows for terrestrial plants (including vegetables and flowers) to grow and to carry out improvement of water quality and ecological conservation. The research site was located at the waterfront of Li-tze Lake in Pitou Township, Taiwan. A GWF was established to evaluate the improvement of water quality and ecological conservation. During one year, water quality and ecological conservation assessments were recorded to investigate the performance of GWF system. The research results showed that GWF could improve water quality and ecological conservation. In addition, the results of this study can provide useful information for more food sources for humans and animals, and increase biodiversity and ecological conservation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Artificial Floating Island; Green Water Farm; ecological conservation Artificial Floating Island; Green Water Farm; ecological conservation

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Chang, Y.-H.; Zhuang, T.-J.; Chuang, T.-F.; Wu, B.-Y.; Lu, H.-L.; Chen, P.-Y. Using Green Water Farm to Improve Ecological Restoration. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1896.

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