BLACKADORE CAYE, Belize, Friday November 18, 2016 – Academy award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio is planning to improve the ecosystem of Blackadore Caye in his latest crusade as an environmental activist.
The actor purchased the 104-acre Belizean island nearly a decade ago for US$1.75million and is working on transforming it into a conservation area.
Now, the release of the final plans for the new resort, which is slated to open in 2018, is said to show The Revenant star’s full commitment to sustainability.
The ambitious project not only hopes to revitalise its visitors, but also to help restore the land itself, as it has endured deterioration from over-fishing, deforestation and an eroding coastline.
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The aim of DiCaprio and his partners is to rehabilitate the ecosystem of the area with, among other eco-friendly additions, a nursery that will grow indigenous marine grass to support a manatee conservation area, and mangrove trees replanted to replace invasive species.
“The main focus is to do something that will change the world,” said the Wolf of Wall Street actor.
“I couldn’t have gone to Belize and built on an island and done something like this, if it weren’t for the idea that it could be ground-breaking in the environmental movement,” he added.
As well as the overall plan for the resort, the artists’ renderings, from Denniston International Architects & Planners Ltd, show what the finished resort villas and private homes will look like.
Their decor is said to take inspiration from the country’s ancient Mayan ruins, with thatched roofs, dark wood exteriors and cool marble flooring.
As many local materials as possible will be used to build the resort, to reduce emissions and support the local economy.
There will also be solar panels and an on-site waste treatment facility to manage the effect the buildings have on the environment.
And although it is an eco-resort, the one and two-storey buildings will have every modern convenience, including circadian lighting that changes tone and colour throughout the day to respond to the human body clock.
The project will be monitored by a team of scientists, designers and engineers who, along with landscape architects, will closely monitor the resort’s impact on the island’s environment.
The nearest town to Blackadore Caye is San Pedro, which is a 15-minute boat ride away. Blackadore Caye is currently unpopulated.