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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Hong Kong 2017

Submitted by: Ocean Recovery Alliance Ltd.
Project: Global alert trash hotspots

Global Alert is an online tool, which provides a powerful and innovative scalable solution to engage, empower, and help change the behavior globally to make collective improvements in reducing plastic waste that makes its way to the ocean.

Initial situation
The problem of increasing plastic pollution in waterways and the ocean gets bigger. This damages the marine and costal ecosystems. Very few countries in the world have the waste management and recycling resources to handle a growing, consuming population. The increasing level of plastic use creates an active problem: the existing recycling facilities were not designed to cope with the wide variety of plastics that are produced. Waste often makes its way to the waterways via illegal dumping, or simply a lack of availability of collection and disposal systems. This directly impacts fresh water quality and the health of the ocean.

Solution
Therefore Ocean Recovery Alliance has created the online tool Global Alert (www.globalalert.org). This tool allows users to report, rate and map trash hot-spots in their waterways and coastlines via mobile devices and a web-based platform. This information and engagement broadens awareness, aggregates information flow, and spurs solutions to reduce plastic waste flowing from the rivers and streams, and into the ocean.

Innovation
Global Alert has so far covered trash sites in about 25 countries and easily 50 watersheds or coastal areas. This outcome was accomplished thanks to the empowerment of communities, the user-friendly app interface, and the willingness to co-operate and solve the plastic waste issue. To see the geocoded hotspot locations on a map is very convenient. This helps to learn about best practices for clean-up and prevention programs. Community groups can develop better water management and recycling practices along with prevention strategies. This ultimately leads to less floating trash making its way to the ocean and impacting fresh water along the way.

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Jury-Rating
Global Alert is easy for citizens and school groups to see, share and solve their floating trash problems. Users can upload photos of trash in their water systems or coastlines, and enter relevant and helpful data about the volume of trash they see. Monitoring agencies and community groups can add, review, visualize and analyze their own data as well as Global Alert data provided by the community. This empowers them to make positive steps for improvements. Congratulations on your initiative!



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