Commitment to Action

Creation of a Global Ocean Alert System

Commitment by

Ocean Recovery Alliance

In 2010, Ocean Recovery Alliance (ORA), whose focus is on reducing the amount of plastic waste in the ocean, committed to launch the world's first ocean alert system, called Global Alert - Floating Trash. This will focus on the world's rivers and coastlines, whereby the rivers act as blood vessels to the heart to the planet, the ocean. Most of the world's rivers carry waste during large rain events, and in other cases, act as the daily 'waste management' option for many communities. Global Alert will integrate community reporting capabilities, to create a 'neighborhood watch' system to track trash hotspots in the water, or along shorelines, resulting in prevention of waste making its way to the ocean. This will help to alert local communities when it is expected that rivers are flooding and dispersing plastic waste and floating debris, allowing them to use booms, nets or other equipment to remove the debris. This will bring awareness, local solutions, recycling and waste management opportunities, including economic development options, to coastal communities around the world.

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Commitment

Creation of a Global Ocean Alert System

Launched

2010

Est. Duration

11 years

Estimated Total Value

$500,000

Region

Latin America & Caribbean, Asia

Countries

BRAZIL, CAMBODIA, CHILE, CHINA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, HONG KONG, INDIA, INDONESIA, MYANMAR, PERU

Commitment by

Ocean Recovery Alliance

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Paso Pacífico, Ojingo Labs, Weather Underground, UNDP/Global Environmental Facility (GEF), FoLAR, Ocean Recovery Alliance, World Bank Group, Metro Manila Development Agency