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OASIS Project

The FREdome Visionary Trust’s Flagship project is called Operation OASIS. We have supported this project with voluntary action, lobbying scientists and those in power to demand that these ideas are given serious funding for exploration by industry, utilities providers and  academia.

Why just limit or bury carbon emissions when they could be converted naturally into scarce resources?

CO2 levels are up 40% since the Industrial Revolution and humanity is now running out of carbon-based resources, such as food and fuel. Vegetation turns CO2 into food and fuel, but 50 million square kilometres of the world’s land is expanding desert.

River in the forest from the sky

Forests cover 31 % of the total land Source: UN Year of Forests 2011

Carbon cycling offers a solution

The OASIS system, originated in the UK by engineer Andrew K Fletcher, combines and scales up the well-proven technologies of agriculture & forestry – Agroforestry – on wasteland, to resolve climate change and resource depletion using the principle of Carbon Cycling.

How could Operation OASIS affect the climate?

The OASIS Solution is to transport biodigested, organic-rich wastewater by sea to nourish and irrigate tree belts on desert coastlines, creating moist microclimates that will enable agroforestry to extend inland.

rain forest

Primary forest accounts for 36 % of forest area. Source: UN Year of Forests 2011

This will help restore the natural carbon, water and nutrient cycles on a local-to-global scale.

What are the benefits of large scale carbon cycling?

Carbon Cycling has the potential to unite very different groups behind shared, beneficial action for very different reasons. Potential benefits to donor countries (providing the waste) include:

  • a twenty-fold or greater reduction in the cost of sewage treatment,
  • removal of pollution from shores,
  • an estimated annual 2Bn kWh renewable methane that can be fed directly into the gas grid or converted into heat & electricity,
Diagram of sewer overflow system

Combined sewer overflows pollute waters after heav rainfall. Source: Surfers against Sewage

  • a reversal of the decline of the shipping industry while offsetting of its carbon footprint
  • attraction of foreign investment
  • improved foreign economic relations
  • leadership of green industry
  • traffic reduction through removal of waste tankers from the road
  • a reduced need for incinerators
  • improved air quality
  • reduced pressure on landfill
  • an environmentally sound outlet for excessive slurry from intensive farming
  • orders for biogas generators, pipe-work & equipment…
oil tanker

New opportunities for the global oil shipping system. Source: UCL Energy Institute

Potential benefits to recipient countries include:

  • self-sustaining forestry & agriculture,
  • creation of arable land to serve their populations and for exported produce,
  • the strengthening of developing economies,
  • expanded habitats for endangered species,
  • the assembly of an infrastructure for indigenous organic waste disposal and power generation,
  • investment opportunities as fertility leads to development and the building of communities and new coastal towns.
forest worker

Sustainable forestry provides work. Source: UN Year of Forests 2011

Potential global benefits include the initial improvement of microclimates, leading to balancing of unevenly distributed rainfall and reduction of extreme weather events, which when scaled up will begin to address climate change.

How plausible is this?

As the potential benefits are vast, if this proposal, or even any part of it, is plausible, then it simply must be explored. Experts and practitioners in the tanker & shipping industries, and ambassadors & water commissioners from recipient countries have already reacted favourably.

Desert nations already use wastewater for irrigation, although it is in short supply and tends to have a detrimentally high salt content. Aviation data confirms that coastal vegetation and sharp land/sea temperature differentials form storm clouds and strong on-shore breezes.


The greening of Ascension Island by Darwin confirms that trees can extract water from clouds and vegetation will spread as a result.

forest kids

The livelihoods of 1.6 billion people depend on forest. Source: UN Year of Forests 12011


For more information about Operation OASIS go to the project website

View the scientific advisory board to Operation OASIS.

For more information contact us:

Carbon Cycling at the FREdome Visionary Trust

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