Hampi Wetland Restoration

Southern India

Restoration of a wetland area for wildlife habitat in Southern India.

 

Challenge:

Return a wetland area habitat after many years in paddy cultivation.  The client’s vision was to protect vibrant habitat for all forms of native wildlife.

 

Solutions:

The site is nestled in a small valley near the top of a watershed. The area had been paddy for some unknown years prior to the wetland’s restoration.

The wetland was hand-dug in order to deftly create a varied surface for different aquatic ecosystems.  Hand digging helped to be more accurate while excavating, stopping at different clay layers to give the subsurface landscape more natural integrity.

 

The wetland’s primary purpose is as a water source for all the wildlife in this area, and also supports an expansion in bio-diversity.  Leopard, Bear, 2 Species of Monkey, various smaller seized Mammals, diverse Bird life, Reptiles, Fish, and several Water Snakes all utilize this wetland. 

 

Lead Designer: Rico Zook

BEFORE: A view of the old paddy
BEFORE: A view of the old paddy
3 years later, from dam looking westerly
3 years later, from dam looking westerly
Looking north from the home with the northern watershed
Looking north from the home with the northern watershed
Looking up the western watershed
Looking up the western watershed
About 4 days into the excavation.
About 4 days into the excavation.
The second week of the excavation.
The second week of the excavation.
BEFORE: Aerial photo of site
BEFORE: Aerial photo of site
AFTER: Aerial photo of wetlands
AFTER: Aerial photo of wetlands