Maldives, the true meaning of paradise.
When we think of the Maldives, we think of beautiful beaches, guaranteed sunshine. Maybe your next holiday destination? The true meaning of the word paradise. But strenghts comes with weaknesses.
The Maldives are facing 2 major problems. Firstly, the heat. This generates a climate which is not suitable for crops to grow. This results in an immense import. In fact, it imports 95% of their food.
Secondly, the distances between the islands. This makes solid waste management challenging. They just simple cannot process all the waste generated by all the people living and staying on the Maldives.
Growth, which the Maldives encounter, is a positive thing, but it has to be sustainable.
"Diminish All the import of fruits and vegetables to zero by producing them localy."
"Transfering knowledge regarding sustainable agriculture, making the country self-sufficient and indpendent on imported produce."
The Maldives Matter Project is a plan to realize a high-tech, high-end productive and self-sufficient greenhouse in the Maldives. The greenhouse will cool during night to enlarge the difference in day and night temperature. This way it is able to produce crops that cannot be grown with the current climate. Therefore the project will not compete with current farmers, but supplies the locals with high qualitative and fresh vegetables instead of imported crops. The greenhouse will be one hectare in size and consists of supporting facilities. These facilities include a PV panel field, biodigester, desalination plant and water storage. It will not only provide electricity and freshwater to the greenhouse, but will also provide water and renewable electricity to the local community. The biodigester of the Maldives Matter Project will be able to process all of the organic waste
output of the project and is able to diminish the locally produced organic waste significantly. The greenhouse will be able to produce high quality crops. Something the Maldivian tourist industry asks for. Therefore our biggest target group will be the resorts, hotels, guesthouses and safaris. Besides this sector we aim to deliver to local markets and Malé. Besides bringing the country fresh vegetables, renewable energy and freshwater, the Maldives Matter Project will start a trajectory to implement the knowledge to the local people. The greenhouse will be a location where innovation and education can take place. The Maldives Matter Project will not only enhance the economy towards the local population through its local workforce of 25 people, but also towards the logistically, processing and the supporting products industry.
facts about the maldives
An country 750 km southwest of Sri Lanka. It is made up of 26 natural atolls lying north to south across the equator. The total land area is twice the size of the Dutch island Texel. The population is spread out over 194 inhabitable islands with a third currently living in the capital Malé. Other 105 islands are self-contained tourist resorts. The average height is 1.4 meter and the highest point is 2 meter above sea level. Thus the Maldives is known as the lowest lying country in the world.
The main Maldivian source of income is from tourism. This contains 27 % of the GDP, followed by fisheries, commerce and construction (between 5 and 0 %). The export is very limited and the dependence on import is very high. Also one third of all the costs of the import goes to fossil fuels. The economic development of the Maldives is very difficult regarding the absence of exploitable land based mineral sources, the limited scope of agriculture and vulnerability to natural disasters and environmental hazards.