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The SeaCleaners Swiss


Mobula against plastic pollution in Indonesia (MAPP)

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The challenge

Sea plastic pollution results from the buildup of plastic waste in oceans and water bodies, causing significant harm to marine life, disrupting ecosystems, and posing human health concerns.

Indonesia contributes substantially to this problem, with around 200,000 tons of plastic waste being dumped into the ocean through its rivers and streams. As the second-largest global contributor to plastic pollution, the country faces major threats to its mangrove ecosystem, marine biodiversity, local tourism, and fish industry due to this widespread pollution.

200'000 tons

of plastic waste is being dumped into the ocean in Indonesia.

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The solution

Initiated by the non-profit NGO The SeaCleaners, the MAPP Indonesia project unites several Indonesian partner organizations to implement clean-up operations in Bali inland waters and on-land activities designed to combat plastic pollution, in collaboration with local authorities, organizations and community.

« The Mobula 8 is capable of cleaning up 15,000 sqm per hour, 18 km² per year. »

The project has a multi-faceted approach with the following goals: first, it aims to tackle marine plastic pollution by implementing waste collection programs and conducting educational and awareness campaigns. Second, the project seeks to foster innovation by providing technological support, capacity building, and knowledge sharing opportunities. Third, it aims to enhance the resilience of local communities by creating a more favourable environment that promotes natural resource growth and supports livelihoods. Finally, the project aims to alleviate environmental pressure by promoting a transition towards a circular economy, reducing waste, and implementing more effective waste management practices. In order to achieve these goals, SeaCleaners has developed a semi-automated boat, the Mobula 8, to optimize the plastic collection process. 

The Mobula 8 is capable of cleaning up 15,000 sqm per hour, 18 km² per year. Designed to operate in rivers, mangrove swamps and lake areas, canals and coastal areas up to 5 miles from the coasts, it is able to collect up 2.4 tons of solid waste and 600 litres of liquid waste per rotation.

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