Introduction to Operation OASIS

The massive waste water problem that currently pollutes our bathing waters costing £billions to process throughout the world can be used to irrigate and reforest desert coastlines to induce rainfall.

Our aim is to use the return ballast capacity of super crude carriers which currently transport sea water half way around the world at great financial and environmental cost. This ballast is discharged into the sea, often introducing invasive marine species which affects the stability of indigenous species of flora and fauna.

The E.U. is legislating against this practice and tanker operators will be forced to seek an alternative.

Operation OASIS offers an exciting opportunity for ballast water. Transporting treated waste water to irrigate and reforest arid coastlines to induce rainfall has to be the way forward.

One tanker loaded with 300000 cubic meters of treated waste water would support 57 hectares of forest for a whole year.

Reclaiming deserts to enable people to feed themselves and grow great forests will offset the carbon emissions from shipping.

With global food shortages upon us we are already feeling the strain on our pockets in the developed world and renewable resources are in rapid decline. Drought is affecting all major food producing countries and wells are running dry. Water scarcity poses major problems for us and our children. We need to act fast in order to avert a major global catastrophe.

When the mighty river Amazon dries up and it's fish stocks die it is time to take stock on how we manage our fragile environment. For more detailed information visit our website and forum at:

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Operation OASIS to bid for EU water funds

Operation OASIS to bid for EU water funds

Drought in Spain

Southern Spain will be a target area to identify partners for the Operation OASIS demonstration

The Operation OASIS project, supported by the FREdome Visionary Trust, is to apply for funding to demonstrate the principles of the OASIS system on European soil.

After a comprehensive discussion between volunteers, expert advisers, partners and the Scientific and Technical board, we have identified the “Water” strand of the European Commission’s LIFE + Programme as the best fit for a bid for funding.

LIFE + is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU. The fund is divided into different “themes” such as climate change, water, soil, waste & natural resources, forests, innovation and biodiversity. Our problem was that OASIS matches nearly all these objectives so the big challenge for the team was to identify the key driver from a European aspect.

Greg Peachey, the project director, reports;

“For the early pilot demonstrations, both the wastewater donor and recipient sites will reside in Europe. Whilst there will be a number of further European sites that will benefit from induction of a moist microclimate, when we scale up and replicate the project in earnest in conjunction with the Middle East, benefits will become concentrated either within or outside of Europe.

“Our choice of funding strand needed to reflect the immediate concerns of Europe: in order to maximise our relevance to the Water fund objectives, we will seek a source of wastewater that threatens the Andalusian coast with pollution.”

Southern Spain will be a target area to identify partners for the Operation OASIS demonstration: the team has until mid July to identify prospective partners and mount a joint bid.


The originator of the Overseas Arid Soil Irrigation (OASIS) Solution is Andrew K. Fletcher. For more information about Operation OASIS go to the project website

For more information about the LIFE programme visit the EC website

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