Operation OASIS (Project to restore coastal forests in arid regions using treated waste water from Europe, transported as ballast in bulk shipping vessels)

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:           Duration:          Project Type: Demonstration
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Organisation Type:  Non-governmental organisations
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Groundwater protection-->Planning-->Land use measures
Soil-->Soil Overview
Soil-->Soil quality
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Water and sanitation-->Wastewater
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Water and sanitation-->Water supply
Water resources and their management -->Costs, benefits and sustainability
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Project objectives:
Operation OASIS is a plan to utilize the return ballast capacity of Bulk Crude Oil Carriers to treat and transport screened wastewater from Europe to the coastlines 
of countries affected by desert and desertification including, Europe, North and South Africa, Australia, USA, Middle East, Pakistan, China, Thailand Objective: To create self sustaining coastal rainforests in deserts, working from the coast so that fog and rain can assist the operation by reducing the
need for further irrigation, affording the project to move inland and along the coast. Currently, thermal currents rise from dry sands along the coast of the Sahara and other arid deserts creating an effective thermal barrier that prevents
the moisture that rises from the ocean during the day, from crossing onto the land to provide vegetation with sufficient water. Operation OASIS Will prime the naturally occuring coastal atmospheric moisture with additional transpiration and evaporation from the coast, affording
the cloud cover to cross onto the land more frequently by moving the thermal barrier inland.
Project Summary:
Operation OASIS aims to treat and transport excess European waste water as ballast in returning oil supertankers, bringing rain and fertility back to the world’s 
extensive deserts. We are seeking partners for a joint EU application to initiate a pilot demonstration of a rain-inducing tree belt on an unused strip of the
coast of Anadalucia, Spain. Subsequent projects will establish self-sustaining agroforestry starting from desert coasts in Africa and the Middle East.
Through peaceful international teamwork, developing economies can then absorb excess CO2, grow enough trees & crops to address impending global food shortages
and stabilise the world climate while providing food, water, fuel, sustainable energy, safe materials & employment desperately needed by our communities
and industries. The E.U. Is proposing to legislate against sea water ballast disposal to sea. Shipping needs an alternative! Operation OASIS is seeking partnerships with Shipping companies, Water Companies, Oil Companies, Environmental Groups and organisations, Government
departments and appropriate directorates within the European Union to begin the process of moving towards achieving our first pilot project in Andalucia.
Operation OASIS is a plan to ship treated waste water as ballast to arid coastlines to irrigate and increase the fertility of the land by planting forests to
induce regular rainfall, fog and mist, providing a sustainable replicable approach to combating deserts and desertification. The pilot project proposes to demonstrate sustainably how 1500 hectares of arid coastline in Andalucia Spain, North Africa and the Middle East, can be irrigated
and planted with combined forestry and agriculture to the point where the local climate is altered to induce sufficient rainfall and condensation on the trees
and crops to become self sufficient in water after year 4. Spain currently faces severe desertification and water pollution issues, in certain (central & southern) areas. We are preparing an application to the European Commission for funding towards putting the two problems together in order to resolve both. The first project
involves applying treated wastewater to an unused strip of arid Andalucía coastline in order to convert sand into a water-retaining soil gel and irrigate a
new tree belt. This will draw in moist air from over the sea, restoring rainfall and permitting self-sustaining agroforestry to proceed inland. Once this solution has been demonstrated successfully, the next project will process and tanker plentiful wastewater from the shores of Venice in order
to expand the Spanish coastal desert reclamation. We have explored ‘Operation Oasis ‘ (this project) with the help of very eminent scientists and specialists
working in the fields of irrigation, shipping, waste water and engineering, who have all confirmed the plausibility of this project, and if you require any
further immediate information please look up our website www.operationoasis.com. In order to demonstrate this pillot project to the EU we need to secure match-funding
from them through an application by the end of June 2011. The ultimate objective of Operation OASIS is to sustainably treat and transport excess European wastewater as ballast in returning oil supertankers (VLCC’s
& ULCC’s) and all bulk shipping which currently transport sea water around the worlds ocean at great cost and risk of introducing alien marine life to distant
coastal waters, using mutually beneficial global outlets that are already in place to resolve the major global problems listed below: 1) Global Coastal Waste Water Pollution 2) Marine sea water ballast discharge 3) Uneven distribution of annual rainfall (floods and drought) 4) Famine and poverty in developing countries 5) Desertification and loss of arable land with the world’s extensive and rapidly expanding arid deserts. The Sahara Desert for example now exceeds the land
mass of the United States. 6) Impending Global Water and Food Shortages. 7) Dwindling timber and fuel resources. 8) Unsustainable Energy Resources 9) Loss of land for expanding populations to live 10) Biodiversity, species and extinction of Global Flora and Fauna 11) Excess Carbon Emissions 12) Political instability, civil unrest and resource-based wars 13) Unemployment 14) Climate Change 15) Global food shortages 16) Rising Ocean Level All of these situations standing alone pose serious problems for our very survival, yet when put together each problem in turn resolves the others through
establishing peaceful international teamwork. Developing economies can then reclaim land to absorb CO2, offsetting carbon emissions from transport, water
and energy and grow enough trees and crops to stabilise the world climate, providing food, water, fuel, safe materials and useful employment desperately needed
by our communities and industries.
Achieved Objectives:
 Hertfordshire volunteer group submits bid to the European Commission Life Plus programme for 1 million euro funding to promote innovative coastal soil 
project.   The ‘OASIS MEDia’ project is co-ordinated by the FREdome Visionary Trust, a Hertfordshire volunteer group which harnesses goodwill within society to facilitate
positive change. This project aims to support countries affected by drought and famine by raising awareness of how desert coastal soil can be transformed into
a viable and sustainable habitat for trees and plants.   Long-term, the team hope to facilitate the transportation of billions of tonnes of nutrient rich treated waste water to distant desert shores around the
world. Operation OASIS, the brainchild of Andrew K Fletcher, will utilise the return ballast capacity of Super Tankers, and other bulk shipping, which currently
transport sea water half way around the world at great cost, prior to discharging it back to the sea, which everyone agrees is an unsustainable practice that
adds significant costs to the price of oil. The E.U. Are currently reviewing traditional ballast practices in a bid to phase it out completely and OASIS is ready
to provide a safe alternative practice that can restore arid coastlines to induce more frequent rainfall to help people avoid drought and famine and provide
them with the means to grow food, fuel and timber crops sustainably.   If the bid is successful, it will enable FREdome to work with local communities in Andalucia, Southern Spain to trial the viability of the project and build
links with scientific bodies in other countries. At a local level, residents in Andalucia will be encouraged to nurture trees and plant saplings in their own
gardens which can then be transplanted to the arid Spanish coastline.   Greg Peachey, Director of the FREdome Visionary Trust, said:  “This bid is a real opportunity to embrace change and support countries where arid landscapes have a negative impact on local communities. This bid will
ensure our proposal is considered at the highest level and I look forward to the Commission’s response.”   The project is supported by a number of eminent partners including Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Seville, Green Europe and City of
Santa Pola, with Cranfield University soil science department as a potential sub-contractor.   The ‘OASIS MEDia’ Communications project is a keystone to secure global food, fuel, timber and water for future generations and supports the Operation OASIS
approach, pioneered by scientist and inventor, Andrew K Fletcher. He said:  “I have been striving to deliver this project for most of my life, to help countries affected by water scarcity and desertification, who are long term sufferers
of drought and famine. Thanks to Fredome and all of the partners that we pulled together, this funding application is a major step in the right direction and I
am delighted that we have secured €500k matched funding from and university backing for our bid.”   Notes to Editors 1.    Successful bids will be announced between September 2011 and March 2012  2.  More information about the FREdome Visionary Trust visit www.fredome.org 3. More information: www.operationoasis.com 4. More information about the European Commission Life Plus programme visit http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/fun ...
Product Descriptions:
Operation OASIS is a project to restore arid coastal regions and generate useful employment and prosperity by utilizing the return ballast capacity of super 
crude oil carrying vessels to deliver billions of tonnes of safe treated waste water suitable for growing trees fuel and food crops.
Additional Information:

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Funding Programme(s): 
LIFE Environment
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Submitted by: Mr Andrew Fletcher  Who does what?  16/11/2011 12:05:00