In September 2017 it started with a student project, called EXTREME, during the master of Architecture at the TU Delft. Every year this project is situated on an extreme geographical location with an environmental challenge and this time the Maldives was our case study in cooperation with the United Nations. The goal of the assignment was to design a building with an inventive view on the technical aspect. The 60 students could tackle either the waste problem or the agricultural problem of this country. A small group decided to arrange a field trip to the Maldives to learn more about the issues related to climate change and to talk with the community. After the final symposium we, five driven initiators, carried on the project into a start-up and we aim to realize our ideas!
Frequently Asked Questions
The Resilient Island Foundation is a non-profit organisation that serves as an umbrella for divers projects. This foundation focuses on the Small Island Development States with the means of making the world’s most isolated places circular. Firstly, the Maldives Matter Project will deal with the agriculture problem on the islands. The profit the greenhouse will make will be put back into the foundation in order to solve the other waste streams.
As people with a background in architectural engineering we have always learned to tackle complex problems in an creative and solution-driven approach. After actually visiting the Maldives during a research trip, we couldn’t possibly ignore the affection towards these problems.
The solution-driven approach is something we were educated in. This we put into practice by tackling issues at their core, not just fighting their symptoms.
We strive towards a direct effect. What distinguishes us from conventional companies and organisations is that we’re unbound and therefore have a fresh and different approach. We strive towards a better world.
The Maldives are on the forefront of climate change and heavily dependent on their import making them extremely vulnerable towards macro-economic changes, similar to all the Small-Island-Development-States.
If we can make an impact in the Maldives, then so can we in other SIDS. The time is now: The Dutch horticultural industry wanting to export its knowledge, Maldivian local parties eager to take one such a project and the tourism industry striving more and more towards sustainability. The puzzle pieces are there, somebody needs to put them in the right place.
Yes, the technology of a cooling greenhouse isn’t new! As a matter of fact: there are greenhouses already in use all over the world, so in comparable climates as the Maldives as well.
So, the technology already exists. But we will make the first greenhouse that is self-sufficient and circular. Perfect for isolated and remote regions in the world. To achieve this goal we work with several supporting facilities such as a biodigester and a deep sea cooling system.
The current rich tourism industry holds a consistent import of food, thus they don’t see an urgent demand. However, we believe that this can happen more sustainable, healthier and cheaper.
No! With our greenhouse we will grow fruits and vegetables of high quality that they cannot grow with the current climate. So instead of importing these fruits and vegetables we will grow them locally.
No, though you could say the Maldives Matter Project itself is somewhat of a pilot. When the greenhouse is build, it will be the biggest agricultural/horticultural project in the country. The circular greenhouse, then proven, is ready to be built elsewhere in the world too: scale it up!
Currently we’re working on a feasibility study: finalizing both technical, financial and social matters. After this phase we’ll be looking for investors.
The problems visible in the SIDS are global issues. However these nations more vulnerable to them. You don’t just support the Maldives, or just the SIDS, you support the world!
We’re always on the lookout for people with expertise suitable for realizing this project and people or parties eager to collaborate with us. Do you have expertise and/or financial funds to get us through the first stage; and are willing to help the world? Contact us! Towards anyone else: spread the word!