OUR PROJECTS

Balam Ja Way

Our core facility Balam Ja Way is being developed to be a model for sustainability projects in rural areas. Balam Ja Way is located about half a mile inland from Sarteneja Village in a landscape of forest and small farms. Here we trial crops and provide accomodation for our supporters. We also are axpending the facilty to provide meetining rooms, educational tours, associated with recreation.

Education

A central focus of Sustainability America is the provision of Internet based education, and knowledge bases with a regional theme, as a means of linking advanced technologies, education, and cultural development.

We will train talented young Belizeans in Internet based sustainability using our facility and websites. Amajor emphasis of our advanced training will be IT marketing and analysis, and search engine optimisation of web sites.

Cultural and Heritage

Provision of landscape trees

We contribute directly to Sartenejan culture in many ways including beautifying the region through provision of trees. We also encourage sustainable transportation. 

Maya heritage

Our greatest contribution may come from our work in revealing the Maya heritage of the region and how the Maya sustainably managed the region for ver 2000 years.

The area around Sarteneja is rich in Maya structures including elite house mounds, ball courts, ceremonial mounds, and caves. This archeological heritage not only offers the opportunity to study the sustainable agriculture and society of the Maya, but also to develop archeology tourism and to encourage the conservation of Maya heritage by the local community.

Cultural events

To extend sustainability into the Sartenejan Culture we are developing cultural activities such as plays supported by media including images and sound. These projects provide a media synthesis and a means for the strongly religious Sartenejan Community to develop arts within their cultural framework that involves talanted individuals of all ages, supported by the use of the Internet and computers.    

Agriculture

Yam production

We have identified two types of yams, that offer high yields under the drought prone, shallow soil, low nutrition conditions found in the Sartenejan Region, that are also disease resistant. We are testing with local farmers different sustainable agricultural methods for these yams to maximise yield, and minimise labor in harmony with natural resource management. link

Tilapia farming and hydroponics

We are formally affiliated with the Sartenejan Tilapia Growers and Development Association to sustainably develop their facility and to harvest nutrients through greenhouse horticulture and aquaponics.

Tourism

We support sustainable tourism through our website and through community based affiliations. We identify tourist attractions around Sarteneja, work with project development, foster networks of tourist operators, and provide Internet services for publicity.

Biodiversity

Our biodiversity projects include inventories of amphibians, reptiles, land snails, and other wildlife, and researching their value as bioindicators in a fragmented landscape. These projects mainly involve surveys and field work, taxonomic and species identification skills, database input, photography, and a general interest in neo-tropical ecology.

Bairds tapir

We are researching the conservation of the Endangered Baird's tapir, with an estimated total populations size of 5,000 locally abundant in some regions of Belize,  and thinly spread in Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama.

GIS Mapping

To facilitate our other projects we are developing a Geographic Information System (GIS) beginning with mapping B'alam Ja Way. Volunteers with computer skills and some knowledge of GIS are needed to build our mapping system, especially our project to map the Maya settlements and Maya and current land use around Sarteneja.