Our story

How it began

We believe that the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) should be fully self-sufficient and be able to grow towards their own clean, fruitful, and resilient future. We have the responsibility to take care of our planet. Resilient Island was founded in September 2018 by Melchior, Stan, Sebastiaan, Thomas, and Trang. When finishing a project on the Maldives and experiencing the need for action, we stepped in. During our study at the Delft University of Technology, we learned how to tackle problems in a creative and solution-driven approach. Through analytical thinking, we tackle big problems that the Small Island Developing States are facing. Together, we grow towards a fruitful future!

From September 2019 our team is supported by a five-member executive board. Together, we are working full-time on the Maldives Matter Project to improve the agriculture issues within the Maldives.

Our approach

The SIDS face many problems because of their isolated geographical situation. Even though we have big ambitions to solve as many of them, we began with our pilot project: The Maldives Matter Project. Our mission is to implement local food production with Dutch greenhouse techniques. The project will be the only self-sufficient food production facility that produces crops of high quality and consistency tailored to the Maldivian tourism industry and the local markets. Currently, these crops cannot be grown locally in isolated areas and therefore they import 95% of the food products. The greenhouse will reduce the need for import, thereby also reducing the strain on the fragile Maldivian environment. To reach more resiliency, the project offers training to locals through an education program to become the grower and, eventually, to pass over the managing responsibility of the greenhouse. 

With this project, we will enhance the local economy by keeping cash flow within the country. Implement circularity by shortening the supply chain. Generating renewable energy through a solar panel field and water from the sea. With a vision for the future to collect organic waste and digesting it into energy.

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.