Philippine Project to Use Blockchain to Clean Up Dirty River
A group of environmentalists in the Philippines is looking to utilize blockchain to save the rivers and the seas, starting with the heavily polluted Pasig River.
The Philippines’ Pasig River Rehabilitation Council (PRRC) is collaborating with a group of local and South African environmentalists and entrepreneurs to use blockchain to save the 27-kilometer long Pasig River running through capital Manila. The idea is to eventually apply the know-how gained to clean the world’s rivers and seas.
In an interview with Cryptovest, CypherOdin and BOTcoin CEO Mariano Jose Diaz Villafuerte IV said the partners selected Pasig River as their first proof-of-concept (PoC) because it is one of the most heavily polluted rivers in the Philippines.
“We first came up with the idea of showcasing how blockchain technology can solve real-world problems and clean up the environment specifically, using Boracay Island [a tourist resort island in central Philippines] as an example. However, the government shut the island down in April, so we looked at the Pasig River instead as the next most important body of water in the country,” Villafuerte said.
Aside from the PRRC, CypherOdin is also looking for more collaborations with other government agencies to implement the project. According to Villafuerte, his company is offering its services to the government for free.
The company plans to install Internet of Things (IoT) devices on the river and underwater (IOUT) to monitor water quality, tide levels, and other relevant data points to track their progress in real time. The information collected will help create solutions to the plastic and garbage problem plaguing the river.
For even more utility, CypherOdin will be using drones to map the plastic on a microscopic level using LIDAR - a surveying method for measuring distance to a target by illuminating it with pulsed laser light.
“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,” Villafuerte explained.
As part of its holistic approach, the group plans on launching a massive information campaign, specifically targeting communities along the riverbanks and near the river. People will be reminded about the importance of proper garbage disposal and environmental protection.
The communities will be incentivized with BOTcoin cryptocurrency for a certain amount of garbage collected on the river and for not throwing plastics in it.
“This would encourage the community also to respect the river because they will be earning something from it,” Villafuerte added.
Villafuerte said the information, analysis, and findings of the research could be used to clean up other dirty rivers across the world, like the Ganges River in India, the Amazon in Brazil, and the Yangtze in China.
“This is blockchain as a service (BaaS) and data as a service (DaaS),” Villafuerte said, explaining that the information will be highly sought after.
The BOTcoin is part of an ecosystem that aims to test and initiate blockchain applications making a difference in the world and bringing solutions to significant issues, such as plastic waste.
The planet is covered in plastic, and it’s high time someone brought a sustainable solution to this problems, Villafuerte said, adding that BOTcoin is one of the first cryptocurrency ventures to focus on the ongoing plastic crisis through blockchain technology.
In partnership with the WIZBL Blockchain Platform, a solution was developed to utilize the instantaneous nature of WIZBL and its BRTE (Blockchain Real-Time EcoSystem). The result was a marriage of AI and IoT integrated into a blockchain platform with roots in human psychology.