Ocean Reef-Tower Oases (ORTO)
Sea Harmony closed 2017 after successful award winning series:
- Chivas Regal’s “The Venture” in Sofia, Bulgaria and becoming one of the 30 best companies’ projects in the World, which improve people’s lives
- Climate KIC’s “Sustainable Food Production Systems Award“ – EU’s biggest main climate innovation iniciative at Climate Launch Pad 2017, 105 International finalist out of 964 projects in Limassol, Cyprus
- Innovation Norway’s Jury award for “The Best Investment Project” in Oslo, Norway
And last but not least Sea Harmony’s ORTO Technology (Ocean Reef-Tower Oases) was invited to present its innovative Sea food reef production technology (which brings back totally the life in the Oceans) at the prestigious OSI Conference at the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland, leaving the whole hall in wild applause for the Bulgarian project.
The participation of Bulgaria presented by Sea Harmony at this high level meeting was in the theme “Rights of Nature and SDGs”.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations. The SDGs cover a broad range of social and economic development issues. These include poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice. The SDGs are also known as „Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development“.
“Rights of Nature” main idea is moving away the person as a center, changing the paradigm for constant grow in the economies at the price of every other life and learning more respect to our home Planet, which for now we only heavily and irreversibly destroy. Placing the Nature at the center of our civilization code gives hope that we become wiser as we developed and not the opposite !
Sea Harmony’s ORTO was shown as an example of an economic activity, presenting integrated multi-sector solutions, giving more to the Environment and to the Nature than takes, benefiting human society – an antagonist of the present ways of making business.
We hope our example inspired many people and will inspire more and more in the new 2018 !
Ocean Reef-Tower Oases (ORTO)
Reviving the Seas, feeding Humanity,
and caring for our Environment, socio-cultural Development and Preservation.
The Ocean Reef-Towers Oases (ORTO) project is an integrated multi-sector solution providing Economic, Environmental and Social-Cultural benefits. This cross-sector “leverage solution” addresses SDG: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14,15, 17. This helps go beyond single issue, single sector solutions towards win-win-win solutions. This provides unique opportunities for urban and regional development and betterment and spaces for youth vocational training and lifelong learning, community development, societal and cultural preservation and innovative development.
At its center ORTO considers marine pollution – the enormous eutrophication problem as a chance to build orchards as an unlimited resource of mussels, shrimps and fish, transporting the production process away from protected shores and bays to open sea shelf areas. The project supports in this way health, agricultural, infrastructural, and development aspects/objectives. It provides not only work and food, but grinded shells are for example a good soil improver, alongside with supporting sports fishing, diving tourism, animal feed production, energy co-generation, water desalination and coastal erosion protection.
ORTO is an innovative concept, uniting the best from the Artificial reef impact and an offshore extensive aquaculture. ORTO changes the antagonistic paradigm between Nature and Human society. It aims to create protected areas with reef habitats for reproduction of wild marine inhabitants especially in the damaged by eutrophication coastal zones, but this time through business investments.
This revolutionary food production approach allows the utilization of the vast yet unused territories of the open sea shelf areas, providing a chance for aquacultures to fulfill the upcoming food gap for humanity in the next few decades.
In addition to the economic and social benefits, the ORTO concept and technology is the second human business activity in all the human history that not harming the Environment, but reviving it, creating full of life marine oasis (the other exception is bee keeping).
ORTO’s concept and technology scale-up capabilities are coming from transforming the basic life organisms on Earth – marine microalgaes, up on food chain, providing enormous production capacity in the open Sea shelf areas in favor HARMONY and coexistence of Nature and Cultures, supports the Living Cosmos, and besides Humanity…
Arman Sarkisyan, Atanas Dimitrov, SEA HARMONY
Selected AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
First prize „Poster-summary of scientific technology“ – Symposium „Ocean future“, Kiel, Germany, March 2015.
„Best Project for 2007-2013“ Ministry of Welfare and Development, Bulgaria, September 2015 – „Research and Restoration of the Essential Filters of the Sea – REEFS“, „Black Sea Basin 2007-2013“ – Romania, Turkey, Georgia and Bulgaria, July 2014 Prize
First prize – „Green Innovations for Sustainable Business“, Norway grants, Innovation Norway, CEED Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria, April 7, 2016
First prize at the „Forum Youth Entrepreneurship – StartUp 2016 – Go To Market.“, Varna, 13-15 May 2016
First Prize: Green Booth Camp, Innovation Norway, CEED Bulgaria, Borovec, Bulgaria, 27.10.2017
Geneva Peace Platform, OSI – UN – Geneva, Dec 12-16, 2016