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Creating a circular economy is extremely important in isolated regions in the world. Converting wastestreams into a valueable resource for local production is ideal.
Sharing knowledge by providing education and innovation to lower dependency on other countries.
Boosting local economy, creating jobs for local communities.
Meet our team
Projects that goes further than just a standard solution intrigues Melchior. Attention to details and combining multiple aspects are what keep Melchior busy. During his many dives all across the globe, including the Maldives, he experienced first-hand the problematic and dire conditions. Working on this integral solution project is therefore in line with what he stands for.
Stan van Stralen
Stan always had the desire to add something positive to this world, which is why after being confronted to dire situation of the Maldives during our field trip in 2017 it left him motivated to continue were the study project ended. The situation on the Maldives shows the devious way materials are handled but also gave an opportunity to rethink this.
Trang did her research in greenhouses during her master course at the TU Delft. Back then the complexity and diversity surprised her in a postive way. The amount of impact you could make by implementing such techniques is significant. She believes firmly in the huge potential of greenhouses and circularity.
During his life, Sebastiaan has traveled in more than fifty countries, visited hundreds of foreign cities and did more than 30 long-distant hikes through nature. He saw the urge and need for a change in the world. During his study of Architectural Engineering he aimed to make a theoretical change and now his drive is to implement this in a practical way as a project leader.
Thomas is eager to have a positive impact on the world. It’s not always that such a beautiful and clear opportunity arises. Here Thomas can put to work what he have learned in his education, and learn much more in the process. Therefor working on the Maldives Matter Project, is a no-brainer for him.
Sustainable Development Consultant
Azfa has been involved with the project since the collaboration between the United Nations and the TU Delft. After working for 7 years for the UN, she is now a independent sustainable consultant. Azfa supports the contact between the Netherlands and the Maldives. In the board of advisors her field of expertise lies in the social implementation.
Owner and CEO Koppert Cress
Rob Baan is a renowned entrepreneur within the agri-food world. He worked in 70 countries and became a number one expert in this field. He is constantly striving for solution based approaches, understanding cultures and diving into what really matters: help to make the world more healthy. Within the board he is the advisor for entrepreneurship in the agri-food sector.
Managing director Accenture
Throughout Ray’s career, innovation, technology and business always went hand-in-hand. First at KPN and the Dutch knowledge institution TNO and the last 12 years as Managing Director at Accenture, a global consultancy and technology firm, where he supports teams and clients with moving into-the-new. Within the advisory board he supports the team on the topic of strategic business development.
Former Global Head of Finance at ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
Amit has more than 20 years of international finance and banking experience, strongly believes in performance culture where people matter and results count. Within the board he is the advisor regarding finance and business.
About our foundation
Why we do this
We have the responsibility of taking care of the planet. When we were finished with our master course on the Maldives and experienced the need for action, we stepped in.
We formed a plan to solve the problems the SIDS are facing: the Resilient Island Foundation was born. Developing concepts to plans, and plans to reality focussing on three pillars: Sustainability, impact and economic feasibility.
Developing large scale, financial feasible projects with a big impact. Profits go to solving other problems that require financial investments
Problems such as the solid waste management, plastic soup, coral bleeching, protecting animal habitats, marine environments and safegarding islands from floodings.
Contribute to circularity
We aim to implement circular economies regarding food and waste streams in the world’s most isolated regions: the Small Island Developing States. By realizing local and sustainable food production, generating renewable energy, creating circular food and waste streams, upcycling materials, conducting a knowledge transfer and enhancing the local economy by providing jobs we try to bring more independency towards these Island States.
Two major issues, two design briefs and 60 solutions. In collaboration with the United Nations, the TU Delft developed a design brief for students of the master architecture track during the autumn semester of 2017. The objective is to introduce an architectural setting to implement a new infrastructure in both waste management and food production on the Maldives.
During the study project a group of students set up the Maldives Matter committee in order to organise a field research. In two months the students successfully planned an one-week trip to the Maldives with the help of multiple sponsors, where they met local people, island councils, architecture students at their university in Malé and could face the agriculture and waste problem.
An experiment is done with the help of locals, to find out what the possibilities are for the production of crops. Different tomato plants are grown and monitored to see their capability in the climate.
With the help of the NGO Live&Learn, we conduct a survey to collect data on the consumption by the tourism industry. Furthermore, it helps to get an overview of the interests of the resorts on the topics of sustainability and empowering of local economies.
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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!