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Malé, the capital of the Maldives

For many, the Maldives is a tropical paradise, offering a peaceful getaway for tourists from all over the world. However, on a deeper level, the processes of urbanization, globalization, and climate change have made traditional methods of waste management difficult for this pristine island nation.

The situation has gotten so bad that some villages have begun to create new islands with the waste. For example, waste from Malé, the capital of the Maldives, is transferred to the waste island of Thilafushi, an island created entirely by dumping garbage in the ocean.

In this podcast, SAI talks with Krishna Matturi, a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Executive lead and cofounder of FEEDBACK in Boston, and author of ‘Floating on Waste Islands’ in SAI’s publication The City and South Asia. Matturi spent time in the Maldives as a researcher looking at the “unique culture of waste” in the country, and its possible solutions.

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-Meghan Smith