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Updated: Dec 24, 2022

OPP at Minister Vivian Balakrishnan's address to the United Nations in Lisbon

2022 was when the world made a commitment to exit from the pandemic and get to work! Ocean Purpose Project has been very humbled to be supported by the governments of Indonesia, Portugal and our home country Singapore and numerous agencies, fellow startups and researchers who believe in the mission of partnerships for good and accelerating solutions for the environment quickly.

G20 Side Event: Ocean Purpose Project Seminar on Green Economy and Sustainable Business under B20 Indonesia.

On the 22nd June 2022, Ocean Purpose Project Founder and CEO Mathilda D’silva gave her first G20 address about the possibilities of Plastic to Hydrogen as a secondary source of sustainable energy while tackling unwanted ocean plastics. We humbly thank the Government of Indonesia, AIS Forum and Norad - Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation for this event under B20 Indonesia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs of The Republic of Indonesia, conducts the “G20 Side Event: Seminar on Green Economy and Sustainable Business”.

Mathilda shared how Ocean Purpose Project’s innovations could integrate into the existing regulatory strategy of H. E. President Joko Widodo’s 10 New Balis initiative. The “10 New Balis” project is 10 destinations in Indonesia that are assigned to be “the next Bali”. These destinations are projected to attract many visitors, just like Bali, which successfully attracts 4 million visitors. The “10 New Balis” includes Borobudur Temple (Central Java), Belitung (Sumatra), Mount Bromo (East Java), Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara), Lake Toba (North Sumatra), Thousand Islands (Jakarta), Mandalika (West Nusa Tenggara), Wakatobi (Southeast Sulawesi), Tanjung Lesung (Banten), and Morotai (North Maluku). However a massive amount of solutions are required to fulfil eco-tourism, eco-tainment, renewable energy, waste management, ocean plastic mitigation as well as the enablement of the green hydrogen economy.

Feel free to watch the presentation and how OPP’s ideas could work for the region of Mandalika in Lombok Indonesia here:

UN OCEAN CONFERENCE- Lisbon 2022: Ocean Purpose Project as NGO delegate & exploration of Portuguese Blue Economy, Ocean NGOs and seaweed heritage and innovations.

June was a busy month for our CEO and founder Mathilda D'silva who journeyed to Lisbon, Portugal for the UN Ocean Conference. There she questioned the impasse between plastic pollution and mechanical recycling. She spoke about how plastic to hydrogen and seaweed bioplastics were the path of the future to solve the ocean pollution crisis and shared the perspectives from the beaches in Pasir Ris, Singapore.

Mathilda also met with innovative youth leaders from Sustainable Ocean Alliance from Africa, Portugal, Philippines, Canada and sat by the solar powered tent of ocean activists outside the UN event arena with Mr Sandro Ribeira who felt that activism and crypto needed to merge to be heard.