Publications and Bibliography


Scientific Papers about Constructed Wetlands and Wastewater Gardens Systems by Eden in Iraq WWG Project team members (in chronological order, 2021-1998):

Nelson, M., Cattin, F., Tocchetto, D. and L. Hafouda, (in press, 2021), Constructed Wetlands in Hot and Arid regions: Wastewater Gardens systems in Yucatan, Mexico; northwest Australia; northern Algeria and southern Iraq, in: Stefanakis AI, Constructed Wetlands in Hot and Arid Regions, Springer publishers.

Tocchetto D, Rubenstein M, Nelson, M, Al Asadi J (in press, 2021). Circular economy in the Mesopotamian Marshes: The Eden in Iraq Wastewater Garden Project. In: Stefanakis AI, Nikolaou I. (eds), Circular Economy and Sustainability:  Environmental Engineering, Policy, and Management, Vol. II. Elsevier Publishing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Nelson, M., 2020. The challenge of managing water and nutrient cycles in a mini-world – the lessons from Biosphere 2, Global Water Forum,

Saggaï, M., Abdelkader, A., Nelson, M., Cattin, and Abdelhak. E. A., 2017. Long-term investigation of constructed wetland wastewater treatment and reuse: Selection of adapted plant species for metaremediation, Journal of Environmental Management (201): 1 October 2017, 120-128. 

Tocchetto D, Rubenstein M, Nelson M, Sathikh P, Cattin F (2013) Marshes of Southern Iraq: New Eden in Iraq treatment wetlands project. Proceeding of International Conference 1-4 Sept. 2013, Society of Wetland Scientists European Chapter, Padova, Italy 

Nelson, M., and Wolverton, B.C., 2011. Plants + Soil/Wetland Microbes and Food Crop Systems that also Clean Air and Water. Advances in Space Research (47) 4:582-590.

De Stefani G., Tocchetto D., Salvato M. and Borin M., 2011. Performance of a floating treatment wetland for in-stream water amelioration in NE Italy. Hydrobiologia 674(1):157-167, October 2011

Debabeche M, Lajo M, Tocchetto D, Abibsi N., Mimeche L., Borin M., Caravello G. (2010). Eaux usees epurees par phytoepuration pour l’irrigation des espaces verts urbains dans un climat aride. Proceedings of 5th International Conférence water resources in mediterranean basin “watmed5” May 26-28 2010, Lille, France.

De Stefani G., Tocchetto D., Salvato M., Borin M., 2009. Applications of floating system for in stream water treatment, Proceeding of 4th Annual Meeting of the European Chapter of the Society of Wetlands Scientists (SWS), Erkner, Germany, p 140-141.

Tredwell, R. and M. Nelson, 2009. Effective Approaches for Environmental & Wastewater Management and Training – The Birdwood Downs Case Studies in the Kimberley Region Of West Australia, published in: Sustainability of Indigenous Communities in Australia, eds. G. Ho, K. Mathew and M. Anda, pp. 207-220, Murdoch University, Murdoch, West Australia.

Hafouda L,  Hadad M,   Arif Y,   Djafri K,   Balleche O,   Talab B, Debba M S, Nelson M, Cattin F, 2008. (L’épuration  des eaux usées domestiques par les plantes; une alternative a encouragé pour une préservation durable de l’environnement on zones arides; Cas de la station pilote du vieux Ksar de Temacine ; Touggourt).  Colloque international « Aridoculture ». Biskra, Algérie, le 13 et le 14 Décembre 2008

Nelson, M. F. Cattin, M. Rajendran, R. Tredwell and L. Hafouda, Value-adding through creation of high diversity gardens and ecoscapes in subsurface flow constructed wetlands: Case studies in Algeria and Australia of constructed wetland systems. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control, November 2008, Indore, India.;

Nelson, M., R. Tredwell, A. Czech, G. Depuy, M. Suraja and F. Cattin,  Worldwide Applications of Wastewater Gardens and Ecoscaping: Decentralised Systems which Transform Sewage from Problem to Productive, Sustainable Resource, published in: Decentralised Water and Wastewater Systems : International Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia, 10-12 July 2006, pp. 63-73, edited by Kuruvilla Mathew, Stewart Dallas, Goen Ho, IWA Publications, London, 2008

Tocchetto D., Simonetti G., Salvato M., Borin M., 2008. “In-stream floating vegetated systems to reduce effluent loads”: Proceedings of “8th International Wetlands Conference INTECOL” (Cuiabà Brasile 20-25 Luglio 2008) p. 32.

Borin M., Tocchetto D. (2007). A constructed surface flow wetland for treating agricultural drainage waters. Water and nitrogen balance from 1998 to 2002. Science of the total Environment. Volume 380 1-3- Special issue: “Contaminants in Natural and Constructed Wetlands”.

Nelson M., Cattin F., Tredwell R., Depuy G, Suraja M., Czech A., Why there are no better systems than Constructed Wetlands to treat sewage water – Advantages, Issues and Challenges, II International Congress SmallWAT07, Center of  New Water Technologies (CENTA), Ministry of Environment, on « Sewage water treatment in small communities », November 2007, Sevilla, Spain.

Tocchetto D., Borin M. (2007). Floating vegetated systems to reduce the effluent loads in aquaculture farms. Performance and system evolution. Proceeding of International conference on Multi Functions of Wetland Systems, Legnaro (PD), Italy, 26-29 June 2007.

Tocchetto D (2007) Treatment of Wastewater with Natural Systems and Reuse of Clean Water for Different Applications in the Caribbean Islands. Proceedings of CWWA2007 Conference 1-5 Oct 2007, Caribbean Wastewater Association Conference 2007, St. Kitts, West Indies

Borin M., Tocchetto D., (2006). Observations on ornamental macrophytes for their potential use in subsurface flow wetland systems. Proceeding of IWA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, LISBON 2006

Nelson, M., Odum, H.T., Brown, M.T., and A. Alling, “Living off the land”: resource efficiency of wetland wastewater treatment, invited paper presented at COSPAR conference, Warsaw, Poland, July, 2000, Advances in Space Research vol 27(9): 1546-1556,  2001.

Nelson, M., Finn, M, Wilson, C., Zabel, B., van Thillo, M., Hawes, P., and R. Fernandez, 1999. Bioregenerative recycle of wastewater in Biosphere 2 using a created wetland: two year results, Ecological Engineering 13: 189-197.

Nelson, M., 1998. Limestone mesocosm for recycling saline wastewater in coastal Yucatan, Mexico, Ph.D. dissertation, Dept. of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, pp. 329.

Nelson, M., 1998. Wetland systems for bioregenerative reclamation of wastewater — from closed systems to developing countries, Life Support and Biosphere Science, 5(3): 357-369.