In the last six months of the project, CLEAR RIVERS already achieved several milestones in Ambon:
From the production in the Netherlands and assembling of three Litter Traps in Thailand, to the launch of a successful educational and awareness program with local universities and communities.
The Litter Traps’ parts have been produced in The Netherlands and transported to Thailand where they have been assembled under the supervision of CLEAR RIVERS Founder who traveled to Thailand to support the assembling process of the first device.
CLEAR RIVER is now finalizing the import into Indonesia, aiming at delivering them to Ambon in February 2023.
In September, two students of AVANS University started their internship at CLEAR RIVERS by traveling to Ambon. They have currently been on the island for 3 months and they will return in January 2023.
During their stay on the Island, they focused on two main pillars of CLEAR RIVERS action:
Education and awareness activities and Litter Traps deployment and waste analysis.
They have been studying and monitoring the plastic pollution situation, and possible locations for the deployment of future Litter Traps as well as conducting surveys to collect feedback and ideas from people living close to the bay’s shores and along polluted rivers. At the same time, they successfully organized cleanups and workshops to talk about CLEAR RIVERS' mission, specifically about the Ambon plastic-free project, and its future developments. During these events, they have been able to collect their ideas and wishes for the projects, as well as share their concerns and opinions on the waste situation on the Island.
Please see some of the above-mentioned activities in the slide show below.
Published in December 2022
In May 2022, CR Project Manager Francesca spent 5 weeks on Ambon, to develop a better understanding of the island, work closely with locals, and lay the foundation for a successful implementation of three Litter Traps in the bay of Ambon.
Building a framework of agreements and collaborations with local organizations and institutions such as Research Centers, universities, and NGOs, at a village, city, and provincial level is fundamental. While three Litter Traps are on their way from Rotterdam to Ambon, CLEAR RIVERS is building a strong and reliable local network:
working closely together with the people from Ambon is the key to developing an effective approach to each step of the plastic waste stream at a local scale:
from research and location analysis, from waste collection and sorting to the development of educational programs to create awareness about this worldwide issue and, especially, about CLEAR RIVERS’ solution.
Published in June 2022
Pictures of plastic pollution in Ambon Island: