WOAA - 10 YEAR PLAN ESTIMATES
PROJECT FLOWCHART - The above diagram sets out the project timetable in brief for the first seven years, building on that already achieved from crowd funding. Each year includes reporting on progress to WOAA contributors. Dependent on funding levels, the plan shows product release in year six as the issue of free manufacturing licenses to international partners. In year seven fleet management of the craft coming on line will be necessary. At this stage the campaign to clean our oceans moves into operational mode, while product development moves into a refinement stage to provide upgrades that will be based on incoming data.
Years 7 - 10 will be managing the growing world fleet and monitoring ocean change, again with regular reports to WOAA members as to real and future potential investment returns, based on collected data. You will soon be able to click on the projection chart below to see early project estimates as a basic level of funding requirement. We are working on this at the moment, so if not yet available please keep this in mind (04-09-18).
We are pleased to be able to say that in general our work has been well received in communications but that the idea of forming the WOAA has met with myriad obstacles as to issues that the Foundation cannot provide assurances about where the work packages below have not been completed - leaving us with a cart before the horse situation. Clearly though these questions need to addressed and the only way to do so is to allow an organization like the Foundation to proceed to test the theory of SeaVax or SeaVax like concepts in a logical and well managed order.
Putting a timescale to the development of cutting edge concepts is like trying to measure the length of an elastic band. The object of publishing a 10 Year Plan is to create targets that could be achievable in a fair wind, whereas the real indicator is at what level any technology is ready for use.
TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVELS
TRL 10 equates to our 10th year of a proposed 10 Year Plan dependent on funding levels. The level of available funding represents another layer of complications that can have the effect of delaying technology development to the point where it never comes to fruition. Typically, this is because if the powers that be are not sufficiently in tune with a current problem, let alone a future need, by the time funds might be available, those who may have been prepared to accept the risks and challenges at an earlier stage are sure to have moved on or retired.
10 PLAN PREPARATIONS
Hopeful that further communications will clear the mist as to safety concerns and the Foundations intentions as to this fundamental aspect as a given, development of cleaning operations (a plan of action) as a desk based exercise will continue - subject to funding - to inform potential contributors as to likely outcomes in relation to time and costs such as to allow world leaders to factor in this element of the need for ocean regeneration in relation to food security and marine conservation, should that continue to be on the agenda as per SDG2, the quest for zero hunger.
10 YEAR PLAN DELAYS STRETCHING TO 30 YEAR DISSOLUTION
Working on the basis of (near) international cooperation and a baseline level of funding, we will be publishing estimates on this website in the coming months, to be divided by country membership and/or other organizations as those parties consider to be equitable, all to be agreed and subject to negotiation. Follow the links below to learn about the project proposals on a 10 Year timescale. *The timescale is funding dependent and for that reason may be subject to a multiplication factor of 2 or more in terms of technology readiness, to become a 20 or even 30 Year Plan meaning that by 2050 there is likely to be more plastic in our oceans than fish.
INTERNATIONAL LEVEL OF CHALLENGE ACCEPTANCE
We accept that not every nation might want to contribute at the outset, but we hope that as we progress that those unwilling or unable to participate as pioneers may come on board at a later date, possibly with sanctions to be applied by the founding members, should latecomers desire beneficial inclusion and enhanced fish production locally, not having contributed to project research and development.
Cleaning sweeps might be tailored to produce pockets of healthier ocean and sea to benefit those contributing the most. For example the Baltic, Black, Caspian, Japan, Mediterranean, Red, Tyrrhenian seas, Hudson Bay and Persian Gulf may be swept while the other ocean areas would remain relatively polluted with incidental leakage of cleaner water. While rivers such as the Ganges/Padma might also benefit in relative isolation.
10 YEAR PLAN: PROJECTIONS AS DEVELOPMENT MILESTONES Vs PROJECT COST IN $MILLIONS
TRL SCALE - The TRL scale is a metric for describing the maturity of a technology. The acronym stands for Technology Readiness Level. The scale consists of 9 levels. Each level characterises the progress in the development of a technology, from the idea (level 1) to the full deployment of the product in the marketplace after level 9.
TEN YEAR PLAN: 2019 - 2029
Ten years seems like a long time but the time will come and go. It will pass way too quickly with a few more wrinkles and perhaps a few extra pounds. That we cannot halt: tempus fugit.
As the only intelligent life on earth we are defined by our choices. During the next 10 years as a player on the international stage our world leaders will make choices for us. Some decisions will only be made once. Some are so big that leaders will worry about them as they lay awake in bed, anxious over what to do where a challenge may seem insurmountable.
Conversely, there will be many decisions that our leaders will make over and over again. These decisions may be so small that they will hardly think about them - or there may be policies that automatically decide for them. At the time these choices will seem insignificant but could be detrimental if a policy or practice is not working - and it takes another 10 years to find that out as happens all too often.
All of the smaller choices will add up and at the end of the next 10 years will represent an accumulation of our leaders decisions, mistakes and successes during their political steerage both big or small. We hope to help on that score if we may.
leader decisions play a larger role in what part their country
performs in making the world a better place, perhaps more than anything else
our leaders do, such as with plastic soon to outweigh
fish in the ocean by
2050 according to studies - if we do nothing about it.
The first stages of which involve taking a chance on a small group of researchers in England, to see if they can make their ocean cleaning dustcart bigger, with all the bells and whistle enhancements, such as SeaNet, to make a really useful ocean monitoring and regenerating tool for future generations.
We hope you might agree from a look at our Ten Year Plan that the decision to spend what is just a 'Drop In The Ocean' in terms of a national budget, whether or not divided by 20 or more countries, presents as a virtually risk free strategy - not an issue to lose sleep over - unless that is - you do nothing for the next 10 years when apathy may come back to haunt you.
The fact is that most world leaders have already committed to taking steps to reduce plastic usage on land, banning many uses of plastic. We offer a potential solution to micro and macro plastics that persist in the ocean.
A dual pronged attack on plastic is necessary to begin to reverse the damage we have inflicted on the marine environment over the past 50 years. For all these reasons we would urge our World Leaders to help fund our research.
OPEN WATER - SeaVax is seen here during open water floatation trials. Please note that this is a small (proof of concept) version of any ocean or river floating dustcart that we hope will be tested on the south coast of England as the project progresses. SeaVax is a selective filtration machine that can be configured to target solid plastics and particles. The machine could also be used in oil spill emergencies, or as a selective fishing vessel. The platform could thus be useful in many ways.
Those with the ability to put the matter right, owe it to those who do not, to act positively to protect their neighbor's interests regardless of political differences. If that means assisting countries around the world to recognise the problems on their coasts, then that is one of the targets. For, if enough Governments join forces anything is possible, especially with potential solutions like SeaVax on the horizon - where in order to make such a system work we need global coordination and collaboration working as one as brothers united in the war on plastic. The G20 are already committed to reducing ocean pollution from land. What will it take to begin a water based assault?
THE TOP 20 HEADS OF STATE A - Z IN 2018
A 10 year plan helps us to make the kinds of decisions today that will get the WOAA to where the many organizations concerned with ocean conservation want it to be, in this case with a significant fleet of ocean conditioners working in harmony. A ten year plan will help us to focus on the little things you should be doing or not be doing right now, so that 10 years from now, the oceans won't be more of a cesspit.
A 10 year plan does not have to be a rigid rule book, we must re-visit it along the way and be willing to adapt to agreed changes, such as any acceleration of development if land based initiatives fail to have an impact. We do not need to know every little detail about what we want to do for the world before we begin this research, but we do need a plan of action to kick start the research. The 10 year plan is more about how to optimize project progress, to help put the World Ocean Anti-Plastic Alliance in the shape that members would want it to be in to take up this ocean challenge.
There are a few guarantees in life. Two examples are death and taxes. We have one more for you. The next 10 years will pass quickly. If we do not act at the earliest possible opportunity, our oceans will be in an even worse state in 10 years time and then in another 10 years time, and another....
It is hard to even imagine what state the planet will be like then, or what our priorities will be. But we should use our best endeavors to understand and conserve it.
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MARINE LIFE - This humpback whale is one example of a magnificent animal that is at the mercy of human activity. Humans are for the most part unaware of the harm their fast-lane lifestyles are causing. We aim to change that by doing all we can to promote ocean literacy.
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