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