Bio mass powering sustainable luxury Hundreds of rural villagers in Kandalama village are surprised that a crop that they hardly gave a second glance is supporting their livelihoods and fighting climate change.
Gliricidia trees do not get much attention unlike the tea, rubber and coconut in the Island of Sri Lanka, only used as boundary fencing, shade plant or creeper support, hardly giving any economic benefits. Anusha is one of the many that have formed the new community of bio mass suppliers. Her husband Chandana Kumara earns very little catching fish in the Kandalama tank. Anusha is providing supplementary income for the couple and their two daughters as one of the woodcutters. With the bio mass project at Heritance Kandalama hotel Gliricidia has a novel use for the rural villagers in Kandalama, they can help fight climate change and get paid for oakley glasses outlet it. Not only that, Grilicedia is considered environmental friendly on many other fronts. Abandoned and fallow lands are enriched when cultivated with Gliricidia as the nodules in the roots nitrogenise the soil acting as a natural fertilizer, its leaves provide fodder for livestock or are used as mulch to fertilize the soil preventing erosion. Gliricidia needs little attention and water and the tree's natural replenishment cycle means it can be harvested every six months. The Biomass plant uses wood; a renewable source compared with depleting fossil fuel, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted to environment is drastically reduced, and also accumulates valuable foreign exchange savings to the country economy due to a reduction in oil imports. Local communities have a financial benefit through the supply of approximately 60 tons of Grilicedia wood per month giving community income of over $ 55,000/= for the wood suppliers. This actively contributes to poverty alleviation and livelihood support. According to Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Hotels Managements, "Heritance brand is synominous with unique architecture and living traditions. In the case of Heritance Kanadalama, we have gone as far as possible to be environment friendly and our most significant effort in this area is the decision to supplement hotel's other climate change mitigation actions by replacing non renewable fossil fuel with bio mass. We decided to opt for bio mass against other renewable energy options so that we can extend the benefits to the local communities". "This is a very special project and also a difficult one to operate as well, but the outcome is well worth it. We have launched a CSR programme to help fund new growers, we want to introduce Gliricidia as a new crop using fallow lands of the farmers" He argues " We don't want villages to cut down their fences and existing plants, but we want to help villagers to start growing for us, the project is underway. A financial contribution of $ 30 helps cultivate a acre of Gliricidia. Every six months the farmers can harvest the branches from the mother plant and get an income of about $225". "Our plan is to fund over 300 farmers so that we will have regenerated wood for the bio mass plant. The impact from this level of livelihood support will be oakley cheap glasses tremendous in the Dambulla region" There is a series of education and awareness workshops which communities have attended but it is a slow process convincing some that it is worth adapting and changing their growing traditions. The hotel will also start a rapport with its guests to offset their carbon by planting Gliricidia for the villagers. Heritance Kandalama, a national icon, is renowned for its green credentials which are monitored daily and scrupulously measured annually. It puts heavy emphasis on recycling, conservation and eco issues but is immensely proud of its reputation for empowering oakley glasses clearance local youth. It trains and recruits with more than 55 per cent of staff drawn from the village including senior executives. The hotel is an architectural masterpiece of world renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa blending perfectly in to the natural rural environment. At the point of building the hotel 15 years ago, the visionary architect used the natural landscape as the main ingredient. It is the most distinguished feature of the hotel. oakley sunglasses blue jwrc fiesta jack nicholson quote well happy diddly dee kona t shirts. idol malaysia nita hawaiian music streaming, inuyasha the movie 3 the sword of world conquest. jwrc fiesta jack nicholson quote well happy diddly dee kona t shirts. idol malaysia nita hawaiian music streaming, inuyasha the movie 3 the sword of world conquest. jwrc fiesta jack nicholson quote well happy diddly dee kona t shirts. idol malaysia nita hawaiian music streaming, inuyasha the movie 3 the sword of world conquest.
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