Alazan is practicing environmental stewardship by:
- Protecting and enhancing habitat for endangered species like scarlet macaws and mono titis (squirrel monkeys)
- Restoring the land by removing invasive plants and re-planting with native species, particularly those that provide food sources for native wildlife
- Consulting a forest engineer to guide Alazan’s reforestation and restoration efforts
- Practicing environmentally sustainable design, including:
- Use of local labor and building materials where possible, including teak harvested from Alazan
- Raised foundations that enhance passive cooling and reduce land impacts
- Minimizing impervious surfaces, allowing water to soak into the ground and minimizing runoff that can cause erosion
- Bio-garden filter systems for greywater
- Rainwater catchment
- Installing “monkey ropes” to provide safe passage for the local monkeys. Alazan is working with the conservation group “the Titi Alliance,” an organization dedicated to reconnecting fragmented habitat and reducing harm to monkeys from crossing roads or electrical lines.
- Growing organic food. A subset of Alazan residents are embarking on a mission to create an organic farm at the base of our property, based on the principles of Permaculture. This farm will eventually provide Alazan and the surrounding community with a wide variety of organic fruits, nuts, vegetables, eggs, and even tilapia.
For more information, read Alazan’s environmental guidelines.