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Project OASIS: Making something happen!

August 30, 2011

We have been very quiet whilst completing an EU funding application to communicate the need to preserve and restore the world’s soils, using Andrew K Fletcher’s OASIS concept as an example.

On Spanish soil
Our application is led by Liverpool John Moores University Department of Natural Sciences and  Psychology , with Cranfield University, University of Seville, Green Europe and Santa Pola on the Coast of Southern Spain.
Renewable solution

Our bid – to the EC Environment LIFE + Programme – proposes to pave the way to use nutrient-rich wastewater to sustain agroforestry from desert coasts, absorbing CO2, restoring moist microclimates and creating renewable supplies of food, fuel and biodegradable materials.

Reforestation
The first practical response sought from the communications will be for whole communities to collect acorns, nuts & other tree seeds and nurture saplings in plastic bags, ready to be transplanted as permitted by authorities under the guidance of scientists. The ultimate goal is to convert carbon emissions naturally and cyclically into threatened carbon resources.

Why OASIS?
Our project represents a credible advance, pushing forward the frontiers of the body of knowledge and best practice. That’s why we had positive responses from the universities who conduct research in the relevant spheres when we invited them as partners in the application.
Should our bid be successful our partners have committed to contribute half-a-million euros between them, demonstrating their faith in the project.

We await the result of the bid later this year.

Greg Peachey and the FREdome volunteer team would like to offer a special thanks to Penélope Laó Ramos, the Executive Forum Alumni of St. Albans,  Hertfordshire County Council, Beta Technology, Rotary Club of St Albans Priory, Suffolk County Council, Friends of the Earth in Hemel Hempstead, Watts Hassan Associates and Sandford Arts.

For further information please read our press release:

THE FUTURE OF MANKIND LIES BENEATH OUR FEET – CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF COASTAL SOIL MANAGEMENT SEEKS 1 MILLION EURO FUNDING

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