The Philippine authorities want to use blockchain technology in water protection. Their goal is to free the Pasig, which flows through the capital Manila, from plastic waste. For this purpose, the responsible authority Philippines’ Pasig River Rehabilitation Council (PRRC) has entered into a partnership with the blockchain companies CypherOdin and BOTcoin. Together they now want to work out a pilot project. If the project is successful, the developers want to pass on their knowledge. Follow-on candidates for similar projects are already waiting in line worldwide.
Philippines want to use Blockchain for water protection
Nile, Ganges, Amazon, Yangtze – the largest rivers in the world are also the ones that suffer most from pollution. A little-known, shorter watercourse, which has also been overflowing with plastic waste for years, is the Philippine Pasig. A cooperation of the local authorities with the blockchain companies CypherOdin and BOTcoin is now supposed to make the difference and clean the capital river.
The developers want to network river courses and banks directly with the Internet and thus continuously evaluate water quality, water levels and other data relevant for the preservation of the river. In addition, drones should help to locate the places most heavily polluted by plastic waste. Direct countermeasures are to be derived from this. CypherOdin and BOTcoin Managing Director Mariano Villafuerte describes how the technology will help:
“We will collect and evaluate data from our Internet of Things stations. This will allow us to obtain comprehensive information about where the plastic and garbage come from and, among other things, what patterns of movement they take. This allows us to develop recommendations to rid the river [the rivers] of waste.”
Preventing rivers as landfills
In addition to working directly with the water itself, the project aims to target the authors of the pollution. A comprehensive information campaign is to raise awareness of environmental pollution among the inhabitants of the river. BOTcoin wants to reward these people for collecting plastic waste with its own crypto currency.
If the project succeeds, the developers want to pass on their knowledge and rid more rivers of dirt, explains Villafuerte. In addition to other projects in the Philippines, which are plagued by plastic waste, there are probably numerous candidates for this worldwide.
Many people around the world regard rivers as a quick and easy solution for disposing of their waste. This makes them the main arteries of waste. As a result, it often ends up unhindered in the sea, polluting not only beaches but the oceans themselves.