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Qualifications for Experts and Leaders

The primary purpose of OpenOceans Global is to create a place for experts and leaders to work together in a collaborative, real-time environment, much the same as if they were working together in an office or a local community. We see our portal as the place for that to happen. The people we want to bring together are experts and leaders in the following categories who meet the criteria specified for each category.  Before nominating yourself or others, please review the categories of interest to us and the criteria qualifying you or your nominee for acceptance into our Experts and Leades network. Thank you! 

Cleanup Technology. Relative to the ocean,  plastic cleanup takes place in three locations: on shorelines, in coastal waters, and in the deep ocean. We are looking for leaders developing technology and innovative solutions to cleaning up plastic in these three areas.

Financing or Funding. There is never enough money, but those experts and leaders who play a role in determining where funding for plastic solutions will be disseminated are desired to develop innovation and efficiencies and making the best use of scarce resources. 

Litter Management. One of the primary sources of plastic debris is litter. We are looking for leaders in technology and enforcement who know how to reduce the amount of plastic reaching the ocean as litter.

Mapping and Visualization. Being able to see the ocean plastic crisis in global context requires mapping and visualization. We are looking to find the people who are providing innovative visualization technologies that pinpoint the source of plastic and its journey to and across the sea.

Ocean Current Transport. One of the areas where visualization is most relevant is ocean current transport. We are seeking the experts and leaders who are pioneering the understanding of how the ocean currents move plastic debris from its source to its ultimate fate.

Plastic Policy. From United Nations proclamations to local government initiatives, eliminating the flow of plastic to the ocean requires experts and leaders to develop new and workable policies that will achieve the goal. We are seeking those experts and leaders working on new policies to stop the flow of plastic to the ocean.

Plastic Debris Origins. Where does the plastic come from that reaches the ocean? Knowing the source means policies can be put in place to eliminate the source. We are seeking experts and leaders who are studying and documenting the source s of ocean plastic in large scale. While much work has been done on who produces the plastic that becomes debris, we want to gather together experts and leaders who understand where it comes from once it becomes debris and begins its journey to the ocean.

Plastic Recycling and Reuse. One of the ways to reduce the amount of plastic reaching the ocean is to recycle or reuse it. We are seeking experts and leaders on the forefront of recycling and reuse technologies and practices that will help to reduce the flow of plastic to the sea.

Plastic Substitution. Another way to reduce the amount of plastic reaching the sea is to stop using it and replace it with another sustainable commodity. From bamboo tooth brushes to using aluminum instead of plastic to transport drinks, this area is emerging. We are seeking the experts and leaders developing th ebest substitute materials for plastic.

Public Education. Public education about ocean plastic and its sources abound. We aren't looking for the experts and leaders who are developing truly innovative public education about the ocean plastic crisis.

Regulations. From policies come regulations. We are looking for the experts and leaders responsible for putting in place and enforcing the innovative plastic regulations that should be shared across the globe. We want to know how they are working.

River Intervention. The vast majority of ocean plastic comes from land, and the majority of that reaches the ocean via rivers. We are looking for the experts and leaders developing and implementing river interventions technologies, from booms in small streams to industrial-scale capture and remove technologies in large rivers.

Waste Processing. If waste is processed well, then no plastic would reach the sea. We are looking for the experts and leaders working on the innovative and successful processes to manage waste that could and should be implemented across the globe to prevent plastic debris from getting out of the waste stream and into the ocean. This starts with collection, includes recycling and reuse, and ends with the plastic be secured in some fashion so it can't escape and reach the ocean. 

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