Implementing circular economies regarding food and waste streams in the world’s most isolated communities: the Small Island Developing States. By realizing a local and sustainable food production, creating circular food and waste streams, conducting a knowledge transfer and enhancing the local economy by providing jobs, we try to bring more independency towards these Island States.
Resilient Island Foundation (RIF) is a non-profit organization laying their focus on three missions:
Implement a circular economy
Circularity is essential for isolated communities. A singular stream towards the islands from hundreds of miles away isn’t the solution. It is not only challenging but also very unsustainable. The waste which come with the import is, due to the large distances between the islands, extremely hard to process or export. The lack of financial capacities make this problem only worse.
The Island States are heavily dependent on imported produce and fossil fuels. When implementing a more circular economy materials will stay within their own country, local valuable resources will be kept and used and the country will produce their own renewable energy.
By producing, consuming and processing all the material streams locally, jobs are being provided. With the implementations of new techniques and innovation a knowledge transfer is conducted. This will enhance the local economy financially and educationally.
what are the small island developing states?
The small island developing states are a group of 57 developing countries spread out in the world’s oceans and seas. They were recognized in June 1992 by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. They share similar challenges such as limited resources, an isolated situation, susceptibility to natural disasters, vulnerability to external shocks, excessive dependence on international trade and fragile environments. They have no or little opportunity to create economies of scale and are on the frontline of climate change.
They are separated in their geographical locations which are Caribbean, Pacific and AIMS (Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea).
Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States Virgin Islands.
Pacific: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu Vanuatu
AIMS: Bahrain, Cape Verde, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Maldives, Mauritius, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Singapore.