PROJECTS

Internet

We train talented young Belizeans in Internet based sustainability using our facility and websites.

The scientific journal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation is based with us, and we support two other main websites; our Sustainability for Sarteneja website and a commercial website. A major emphasis of our advanced training will be IT marketing and analysis, and search engine optimisation of web sites.

We need some equipment including 8 laptops, two desktop's and a high definition video projector.

Biodiversity

Our biodiversity projects include inventories of amphibians, reptiles, and land snails, 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.

We are also developing a plan for the conservation of the Endangered, Baird's tapir across the Sartenejan Region. We are happy to host projects for biodiversity conservation in the region that include other species, or groups, and in particular flora inventories and vegetation structure, butterflies, dragon/damsel flies, and birds.

GIS Mapping

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

Cultural

We contribute directly to Sartenejan culture in many ways including beautifying the village through tree planting. We also encourage sustainable sports such as bike riding and swimming. Our greatest contribution may come from our work in revealing and publicising the Maya heritage of the region.

Horticultural

We demonstrate crops and trees on B'alam Ja Way, supply stock for planting, and encourage high profit for area crops that require little fertiliser and no insecticides.

We have identified a type of yam that is highly productive in the Sartenjan Region that require little or no fertiliser and no other agricultural chemicals. link

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

Maya heritage

Sarteneja Village is located on the site of a Maya settlement. The area around Sarteneja is rich in Maya structures including pyramids, 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.

Tourism

SfS supports 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.