The Philippines wants to use blockchain technology in water protection. The local authorities aim to extract the plastic waste from the river Pasig which is running within the capital Manila.
The Philippines’ Pasig River Rehabilitation Council (PRRC) has started a partnership with the blockchain companies CypherOdin and BOTcoin. Together, they will work on a pilot project, and if it succeeds, the developers want to pass on their knowledge to similar projects which are already queuing around the world.
Nile, Ganges, Amazon, Yangtze – the largest rivers in the world are also suffering from pollution. A little-known, shorter stream, but also overflowing with plastic garbage for years, is Philippines’ Pasig. The agreement between the local authorities and the blockchain companies CypherOdin and BOTcoin should, therefore, make the difference and cleanse the capital’s river.
In doing so, the developers want to connect the river banks directly to the Internet, thus continuously assessing the water quality, water levels and other data relevant to the preservation of the river. Also, drones should help to locate the most heavily contaminated plastic waste sites. CypherOdin and BOTcoin CEO Mariano Villafuerte describes how the technology should help:
“We will collect all the data we gather from these IoT and process them so we will have comprehensive information on where the plastics and garbage are coming from, how they are moving, among others. This would allow us to analyze and come up with recommendations on how to best clean up the rivers of this debris.”
In addition to working directly with the water itself, the project aims to target the originators of pollution. A comprehensive information campaign among the residents near the river will create awareness of environmental pollution. BOTcoin wants to reward them for collecting plastic waste with their own cryptocurrency.
If the project succeeds, the developers want to carry on their knowledge and free more rivers of dirt, explains Villafuerte.
Rivers are seen by many people worldwide as a quick and easy way to dispose of their waste; this transforms them into a network of rubbish which supplies the seas, oceans, and beaches ultimately.
The blockchain often decried as harmful to the environment because of crypto mining, has become an excellent tool for environmental protection. Not long ago, the Australian government started promoting a blockchain project for the sustainable cultivation of sugar. The project should protect the supply chains of sugar cane imports into the country and guarantee the origin and production of the sugar.
On the other side of the planet, the English city of Liverpool is currently attempting the ambitious goal of becoming the world’s first climate-friendly city. Blockchain technology should also support the control and evaluation of carbon emissions.