During the fieldwork period of Tewaii Valhu, it became clear that mangroves were an additional concern within the Maldives. Mangroves play a vital role for coastal protection, and are indispensable for small islands in the battle with rising seawater levels, especially for the lowest-lying island archipelos. With some parties mentioning retreating mangroves, and the possible link to water quality, extra samples were taken around the roots of the mangrove-areas.
Besides mangroves, rainwater was also sampled. After further analysis in the Waterlab of TU Delft. we can hopefully combine all information to make the first steps in laying the foundations for a sustainable water cycle design of this pioneering agricultural and horticultural research island!