Blue Ocean Program

Blue Ocean Program – Plastic Waste Collection and Recycling Initiative Introduction: The Blue Ocean Program is an environmental initiative designed to address the critical issue of plastic waste pollution in rivers, lakes, and oceans.  We live in a Poly-crisis today; Global Warming, Biodiversity Loss and Pollution; Plastics, Textiles and PFAS. That is why we from Ocean Integrity have developed the Blue Ocean Program that addresses all three crises in one. 

Blue Ocean Program

Our Program

“The Blue Ocean program focuses on the collection, proper disposal, and recycling of plastic waste, with the aim of preventing landfill disposal and especially open burning and incineration.”.

The program incorporates a set of standards that we have implemented inside Ocean Integrity and because the Blue Ocean Program is open to organizations, companies and institutions who would like to join the Blue Ocean Program to address the Poly Crisis we wish to extend this participation to others .

Participants must adhere to a set of rules and procedures to be accepted which will include being accredited, verified, and validated. By actively participating in the Blue Ocean Program, individuals and organizations contribute to the preservation and restoration of marine ecosystems (Biodiversity) and the reduction of plastic pollution and lowering CO2 emissions.

Program Objectives

1. Collect plastic waste from rivers, lakes, and oceans.

2. Implement efficient recycling techniques for the proper disposal of collected plastic waste.

3. Prevent plastic waste from being sent to landfills or being subject to open burning.

 

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Objectives Continued

4. Enable Recyclers to improve their capabilities and enable them to expand.

5. Design and Allocate financial instruments such as Carbon Credits to fund Projects and participating partners in every country where the program is active or where Ocean Integrity has a presence or where participating Blue Ocean Program partners are active.

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Objectives Continued

6. Promote environmental awareness and education regarding plastic waste pollution and its impact on marine ecosystems via social media channels and other means.

Benefits of the Blue Ocean Program

1. Restoring Biodiversity and Enhancing Carbon Sequestration:

● The Blue Ocean Program focuses on restoring biodiversity in oceans, rivers, and lakes, which plays a vital role in sequestering and absorbing more CO2 from the atmosphere.

● By actively removing plastic waste from these ecosystems, the program helps to create healthier marine habitats, allowing nature to thrive and enhancing its capacity to absorb carbon dioxide.

2. Supporting Indigenous Coastal Communities:

● The program collaborates with indigenous coastal communities, recognizing their vital role in sustainable resource management. ● Through the program, these communities receive fair and just monetary compensation for their activities associated with plastic waste collection from rivers, lakes, and oceans. ● This financial support enables them to improve their livelihoods, living standards, and access to education and growth opportunities.

3. Improved Health and Well-being:

● Cleaning the ocean of plastic waste has far-reaching health benefits for both humans and wildlife. ● By reducing the presence of harmful pollutants and toxins in marine ecosystems, the program mitigates the risks of diseases and other health impacts for coastal communities, marine life, and those who rely on ocean resources for their well-being.

4. Sustainable Future for Artisanal Fishers:

The removal of plastic waste from the ocean allows the marine biomass to restore itself over time. ● As marine ecosystems recover, artisanal fishers benefit from improved fish stocks, providing them with a sustainable future for themselves, their families, and their communities. ● The Blue Ocean Program contributes to the preservation of fishery resources, ensuring the long-term viability of artisanal fishing as a source of income and food security.

5. Environmental Stewardship and Conservation:

The program promotes environmental stewardship by actively addressing the issue of plastic pollution in oceans, rivers, and lakes. ● By cleaning up these ecosystems, it reduces the impact of plastic waste on marine life, protecting fragile habitats, and preserving biodiversity. ● The Blue Ocean Program supports conservation efforts by engaging individuals, organizations, and communities in sustainable practices that contribute to the health and vitality of our planet.

6. Global Climate Change Mitigation:

Through its focus on carbon sequestration, the program contributes to global climate change mitigation efforts. ● By restoring biodiversity and enhancing the ocean’s ability to absorb CO2, it helps to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, addressing the root causes of climate change.

7. Collaboration and Partnerships:

The Blue Ocean Program fosters collaboration among various stakeholders, including governments, indigenous communities, NGOs, and businesses. ● By working together, these partners can pool their resources, knowledge, and expertise to achieve greater impact in tackling plastic pollution, restoring biodiversity, and supporting coastal communities.

8. Be Part of the Solution

The Blue Ocean Program offers a comprehensive approach that goes beyond plastic waste removal. By restoring biodiversity, supporting indigenous communities, improving health, and promoting sustainable fisheries, the program creates a path towards a more sustainable and resilient future for both people and the planet.

Blue Ocean Program

The Blue Ocean Program offers a comprehensive approach that goes beyond plastic waste removal. By restoring biodiversity, supporting indigenous communities, improving health, and promoting sustainable fisheries, the program creates a path towards a more sustainable and resilient future for both people and the planet.