DiCaprio planning to ‘Heal’ the ‘Blackadore Caye’ an island on the coast of Belize!
According to the New York Times, Leonardo DiCaprio the Oscar nominated actor and environmentalist activist Leonardo DiCaprio has bought a 104 acres of an island called the Balckadore Caye.
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The island is a wild and unpopulated land on the coast of Belize. DiCaprio will be partnering with Paul Scialla and build an eco-friendly resort on the island. Paul Scialla is an NY developer and the CE of Delos. The project entitled ‘Blackadore Caye a Restorative Island’ will be renovated as a luxury resort consisting of villas, pools and sunset views.
Blackadore Caye has suffered from overfishing in the past, which resulting in an eroding coastline and deforestation. DiCaprio’s venture aims to restore the island back to its natural ecosystem.
According to DiCaprio the island was like heaven on earth when he visited the place a decade ago. Blackadore Caye can be reached in15 minutes via a boat ride from the town San Pedro, Mexico.
Juan Rovalo a biologist claims the island had been used by fisherman for hundreds of years. The palm trees from the island were consistently cut by the fisherman and for the development of various hotels in San Pedro which led to its deterioration.
The restoration project will involve the development of a village, artificial reefs, fish shelters and a marine grass nursery, after a team of scientists, engineers, and designers will monitor the island for 18 months.
DiCaprio revealed in a statement the aim of the project is to do something to change the world that is ground breaking to the environmental movement. DiCaprio shared he fell in love with the place when he went for scuba diving in 2005.
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Belize has the second largest coral reef in the world, a diverse marine life and relics of Mayan temples. DiCaprio believes the restoration will be a show case of all the possibilities available to preserve the earth.