Waterwood’s is deeply committed to a Nature-friendly way of life that promotes harmony between the environment and people. In the beginning Waterwoods was a home stay concept. Over the last few years, we have evolved into a unique new resort that is consciously investing in a sustainable future. Located in an eco-sensitive zone, the resort’s facilities and practices are designed to encourage guests’ participation in our green initiatives. For instance, there is a cap on the level of carbon emissions in Kabini, and Waterwoods contributes by restricting the usage of diesel generators during power shortages.
For the resort’s green initiatives WaterWoods is closely associated with Sharukh Mistry of Mistry Architects, founding member of the Indian Green Building Council, reputed for his Green Building initiatives.
Waterwood’s green building initiatives include:
- Restructuring rooms for cross ventilation in order to reduce A/C usage.
- Re-plumbing toilets and encouraging use of Rain Showers instead of bathtubs to reduce water usage.
- New thatch roof for the structures to keep rooms cool and reflect heat during summer
- Use of Rain Tree wood across the structure to minimise environmental impact.
- All rooms have separate bins for wet and dry waste
- In-house waste water treatment. Grease trap installed in kitchen to allow only grey water to pass. The grey water from showers and basins are filtered and reused for irrigation.
- Raw sewage from water closets to be decomposed with enzymes and used as manure for garden.
- Waterwoods is moving towards a sustainable energy model for itself and the local community by investing in 20 kW of Solar Power. A 5.25KVA on-grid solar system is proposed from October 2015 to contribute over 50% of energy requirement.
- Wind speeds at the property have been documented over the past few years. Wind Power is also found to be a viable option. Small wind turbines are proposed at the resort keeping in mind the diverse bird life of Kabini.
- Over the last four years more than 2500 saplings have been planted in the vicinity of the resort and the surrounding areas of the Kabini backwaters. Another 1000 saplings have been given to JLAR, KFD and the local villages. These trees, including Jacaranda, Spathodea, Cassia, Ficus, Silk-Cotton, Gulmohar and more, are all native to the region and have grown significantly to form a mini-forest in the making at WaterWoods.
Empowering the local community
- The people of the local villages, especially the children, are the future stakeholders of forest conservation. Waterwoods involves them in the efforts for sustainable development through participation in wildlife safaris, awareness creation in schools etc.
- The resort also collaborates with the forest department’s anti poaching initiatives by contributing a large chunk of the income generated from wildlife safaris.
- Villagers are made aware of the benefits of renewable energy and organic farming.
Guest and staff participation
- Guests at the resort are willing and active participants in Waterwoods’ Responsible Tourism initiatives by using the resources wisely.
- Documentaries and literature at the resort inform guests about the significance of the Nilgiri Biosphere. Kabini and its wealth of life feature the very epitome of evolution because here all kinds of life co-exist in perfect natural harmony.
- Guests are exhorted to respect and love nature, as well as give back to the community through ESD (Education to Sustainable Development).
- Staff are well trained in making the initiatives work effectively.