Slowly cruising the Kerala Backwaters on a houseboat at sunset is of course a must for any visitor to "God's Own Country".
The Backwaters are an extensive network of natural and man-made canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, with a unique ecosystem where freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea.
The floods that affected Kerala last August were a huge setback for the houseboat industry. Tourism stopped suddenly and more than 500 houseboats were reportedly engaged in rescue and evacuation of people inland, while some 200 boats were used as temporary shelters for the affected people.
Today a more serene pace has returned, even though you can feel here more than anywhere how fragile the balance of nature remains.
🌏SDG Target 15.1 aims "by 2020, to ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements."