Titanic heart throb, Leonardo DiCaprio, has announced plans to create ‘the world’s most sustainable island resort designed to push the boundaries of green design, architecture and eco-tourism.’
Due to be completed in 2018, the island will be home to 68 villas, 48 estate homes, three restaurants, a spa and a private clubhouse – all built sustainably using building techniques that will restore and regenerate the surrounding ecosystem and reverse the effects of climate change.
The Hollywood actor bought the unpopulated island in 2005 for $1.75 million. He said: “This project is leading a new way in eco-tourism, development and green building and demonstrates that human development can be truly restorative and beneficial for the environment.” (edie)
The sustainable resort will be exempt of toxic chemicals and planted with mangrove. Invasive species will be replaced by native species – benefiting soil and habitat and creating additional armature for reef and fish breeding. Astonishingly, over 50% of the island has been set aside as a protected wildlife reserve!
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