Making the world's most isolated places circular.



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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.

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Sharing knowledge by providing education and innovation to lower dependancy on other countries.

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Boosting local economy, creating jobs for local communities.

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Maldives Matter Project

This project aims at helping the Maldives to become more self-sufficient and independent in regards of food supply. The aim is therefore to design an architectural setting that creates both space and a climate for food production.

Almost all existential resources on the Maldives are being imported. An ever growing population and the increase of tourism on the islands demands for more and more goods, above all food. However, land is already scarce on the Maldives and most of it non-viable for agricultural use. The extreme location and climate ask for introducing innovative ways of agriculture and local food production onto the islands. 




Study project

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.

Maldives Matter

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.

Tomato test

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.

Meet our team

Melchior Bos

Melchior does research on the logistics and inventory of the feasibility study.

Stan van Stralen

Stan is conducting research on the technical and economic feasibility of the project, mainly on the topics of energy production and water storage.

Trang Phan

Trang is the creative director of the team. Besides leading the PR during the process, she is also responsible for the visuals of the project.

Sebastiaan Brouwer

Sebastiaan, our narrator of the group, focuses on external relations and the internal organisation.

Thomas Edes

Thomas is responsible for the research on water desalination and crop production. This is part of the technical and economic feasibility study.


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Advisory board

Aishath Azfa

Sustainable Development Consultant

Azaf 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. Azaf supports the contact between the Netherlands and the Maldives. In the board of advisors her field of expertise lies in the social implementation.

Raymond Pijpers

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.

Amit Parulekar

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 us

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!

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