The mission of Ocean Recovery Alliance is to reduce plastic pollution, both on land and in the water, by creating strategic solutions for governments, industry and communities which lead to long-term, hands-on programs which engage stakeholders and improve business practices. Our mission is achieved through purposefully designed activities to educate, build awareness and provide solutions which inspire positive societal change at the community, national and international levels. Capacities of the group include education, awareness building, strategic thinking, and work with business, government and multi-lateral institutions. We are one of the first NGOs to have worked with both the UN Environment and World Bank on plastic pollution at a global level, and have two programs which are international in scope which can be used and replicated by any community to make improvements in reducing their plastic pollution impacts: the Plastic Disclosure Project, and our Global Alert platform. Both were announced at the Clinton Global Initiative. We also run the Plasticity Forum, which was launched at the Rio+ Earth Summit, and is one of the only conference solely focused on finding solutions for plastic in its second life, so there is a world without the waste footprint.
Some of our exciting work includes the Water Rising and Water Falling Festivals which we have created every six months on the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia (their inland ocean), to bring awareness, water stewardship, pride, and solutions for their waste management and recycling capacities in villages along the lake. These communities have never had cleanups or resources to manage their waste in the past, and the festivals are synchronized with the water flooding and receding up to six meters every season, which is when the plastic is pulled into the lake from the villages, or brought back into the villages at the flood season.
We also run the only ocean film festival in Asia - "Ocean In Motion", and have a new curriculum for students (ages 10-14) on water systems from the mountains to the sea, called Water Caretakers of Tomorrow.