Problem DescriptionThe state of our oceans has changed dramatically in the past 100 years. Extractive farming and management practices have significantly impacted ocean health and biodiversity. At the same time, billions of people's livelihoods are directly tied to these systems. GreenWave is a non-profit organization that is looking to change the way we think about ocean farming. To do this, it has designed the world’s first multi-species 3D ocean farming system. It utilizes a novel approach that farms species that are exclusively restorative. This means that they not only provide food and other differentiated products, but also actively improve the health of surrounding ecosystems. In addition, the farming of these species creates new economics opportunities and jobs in high-need coastal communities.
After dropping out of high school, Bren Smith, founder of GreenWave, went to work for various commercial fishing outfits and saw firsthand the devastation that these operations could have on the ecological health of fisheries. Looking for a new model that could simultaneously provide resiliency, sustenance, and economic security, Smith turned to aquaculture. Over years of research, partnering with leading academics in the field, Smith developed core pillars of GreenWave's "3D Farming" system.
Sustainable Development Goals
On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. This solution covers the following goals:
Social Progress Index
- The Economic Benefits of Restoring Coastal Ecosystems
A coastal restoration factsheet from Oxfam
- Bren Smith, GreenWave
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|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Making the case4||Business development and evaluation|
|A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users||Clarity about what warrants implementation and funding|