Resilient Island

Growing a fruitful future

OUR MALDIVES MATTER PROJECT

WORLD’S FIRST SELF-SUFFICIENT GREENHOUSE PROJECT IN A TROPICAL LOWLAND CLIMATE

Resilient Island enables farmers from Small Island Developing States to produce sustainable vegetables locally,
consequently reducing food import and improving food security.

Local Food Production

Aiming for a shorter food supply chain by cultivating non-native crops while maintaining high-quality and delivering consistency.

Self-sufficiency

Generating sustainable electricity and water with existing techniques to thereby provide the greenhouse with off-grid energy.

Community

Raising independency by knowledge transfer through education and enhancing social inclusion by creating job opportunities.

OUR OFFICIAL PARTNERS

About Resilient Island

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, up-cycling materials, conducting a knowledge transfer and enhancing the local economy by providing jobs, we aim to raise more independency.

Because we believe that the Small Island Development States should be fully self-sufficient and be able to grow towards their own clean, fruitful and sustainable future.

nice to meet you!

Melchior Bos

Co-founder / Legal and Finance
melchior.bos@resilientisland.com

Sebastiaan Brouwer

Co-founder / Chairman and External Affairs
sebastiaan.brouwer@resilientisland.com

Stan van Stralen

Co-founder / Technical Parties
stan.vanstralen@resilientisland.com

Thomas Edes

Co-founder / Horticulture
thomas.edes@resilientisland.com

Trang Phan

Co-founder / Social Aspect and Marketing
trang.phan@resilientisland.com

Jessie-Lynn van Egmond

Environmental Engineer / Water Management

Graduate water researcher for project Tewaii Valhu:
a fieldwork campaign for social and hydrogeological water management of hydroponic high-tech greenhouses the Maldives.

advisory board

Aishath Azfa

Sustainable Development Consultant

Amit Parulekar

Former Global Head of Finance at ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Martien Duijndam

Grower / Owner of Duijndam Greenconsult

Raymond Pijpers

Managing Director Accenture

Remco Beekman

(Corporate) Lawyer

Rob Baan

Owner and CEO Koppert Cress

Rolf de Jong

Senior Agronomist at LLC Greenhouse

ongoing research

Cultivation Lab
Pilot Project

The Cultivation Lab is Resilient Islands’ pilot project. This simulation (45m²) of the semi-closed greenhouse will cultivate lettuce and tomatoes, where many different types are recorded under the controlled climate environment. This lab makes it possible for local farmers and students to start their training in this horticultural techniques.

Tewaii Valhu
Water Research

Fresh water is becoming increasinlgy scarce, especially in decentralised regions, such as the Island States. Therefore, Tewaii is currently conducting research in Curacao and the Maldives. Surrounded by the ocean, the island’s groundwater is prone to saline intrusion. Add leaking sanitation systems, tourism, sealevel rise and you can image how the delicate balance of their natural water cycle is disrupted. Jessie-Lynn van Egmond is engaged in both analyzing the water resources as designing the greenhouse’s water cycle.

Baa Atoll Transfer Station
Waste Management

An additional project on the waste management issue in the Maldives. The development of a waste transfer station on the Baa Atoll as the solution.

frequently asked questions

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!

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.

We think both ways are crucial for the project.
Bottom up: Social implementation, endorsement and willingness from the local communities are crucial. Their wishes and demands are essential part of the project.
Top down: Secondly we also work with the (national) government and further stakeholders in the Maldives and abroad. Top parties like these are also needed to realise such a project. Participation and partnership with stakeholders on all levels are what make an integrated solution like this possible.

Greenhouses exist in all types of climate: From the cold Russian climate to Australian deserts. The greenhouse is a means to create a (climate) controlled environment, suited for the crops being grown. Since the Maldives does not have a climate suited for the crops that being consumed, we aim to create that condition: a greenhouse.

Warm weather, flooding and storms are part of the context in which the greenhouse is designed. Obviously this influences the decision making for the location, building-materials and design. With a background in Architecture (architectural engineering) this is exactly what our team is trained for. Together with technical parties and local parties we’re working hard on this challenge. To be honest: that’s part of what makes this project fun.

The current rich tourism industry holds a consistent import of food, thus why 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.

The Maldivian community has been involved in the project from the very beginning, on all levels: Island councils, national government, local stakeholders, job-creators and island communities. Their wishes are represented and are considered as a crucial part of the project. The Maldives Matter Project makes direct impact by creating many jobs, mostly directly related to work in, and around the greenhouse. Proliferating in other sectors such as transport and managerial jobs. It’s the local communities that will benefit from created jobs, enhancing SDG 1 and SDG 8. Generating new jobs, and improving existing jobs is part of creating a fruitful future for the Maldives and other Small Island Developing States.

Maldivian landscape is ever changing. Sea-level rise is something the Maldives are familiar with. Luckily, the government is investing in safe-islands and other measures. If it’s up to us, in 50 years the country has its own sustainable food production, catering to the always important tourism sector. Al the while managing and processing its solid waste sustainably: from waste to wealth. Being inhabited by its people, protected and living in climate-resilient communities.The Maldives will be the ultimate showcase in regards of circular economy, sustainable food production and a closed solid waste management loop for all island states: a resilient island

We worked on an investment proposal and currently we’re looking for investors who are interested in our investment plan. 

Don't hesitate, contact us!

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