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BLACKADORE CAYE - A BEAUTIFUL SICK ISLAND
CONSERVATION AND HABITAT RESTORATION
Our goals are to prove that humanity can co-exist with and enrich the natural world, and to help transform peopleâ€™s relationship with the environment. We also hope to raise critical awareness of global issues such as climate change, ocean acidification and habitat loss, by bringing people from around the world to the kind of beautiful place that is currently threatened. We intend to demonstrate the most advanced island restoration ever undertaken using development as a catalyst.
our commitment We are excited and committed to involve local fishermen and environmental groups during the restoration of Blackadore Caye. These efforts will benefit the incredibly valuable habitat for all marine life found in the Hol Chan Marine Preserve and for those species of value to tourism. Over the past two years we have financed and participated in numerous environmental studies at great expense. This research is perhaps the most expensive, intense and all-inclusive studies ever undertaken for a private development in Belize. Alarmingly, they have concluded that if immediate action is not taken to save Blackadore the valuable yet declining habitat for species such as Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit among others will continue to degrade. Even though our development predated the creation of the reserve, we fully supported and worked with the Government of Belize in the creation of the new Hol Chan Marine Preserve, because we now know that action MUST be taken or sections of the preserve will suffer and even disappear. It is our belief that our work is the only chance Blackadore has of continuing to provide a healthy habitat for marine and terrestrial species.
BLACKADORE CAYE - A BEAUTIFUL SICK ISLAND Blackadore Caye while beautiful, is actually a compromised and vulnerable Caye that is quickly eroding from the outside in and becoming hyper saline- growing more lifeless from the inside-out. Built over thousands of years by the mangrove systems on a shallow Pleistocene limestone perch, in more recent times its coastal defenses were completely stripped away as all the mangrove were cut down and the coastal dune diminished â€“ what was once a healthy littoral forest providing important ecosystem services is now shrinking rapidly and an imbalance is clearly evident. Even small storm events damage the coastline and bring saltwater throughout the interior and when evaporated create hyper-saline zones that are growing each year. The majority of the island has been reduced to low biodiversity grasslands that can tolerate the salty conditions and the more healthy littoral forest is quickly disappearing. Each day the precious topsoil of Blackadore continues to bleed into the bayhaving taken thousands of years to build â€“ gone forever. In some places several feet of island coastline has been lost in just a few years.
BLACKADORE CAYE WHILE BEAUTIFUL, IS QUICKLY DISAPPEARING.
destructive feedback loop The synergy between the natural elements and resource depletion by human activity has triggered a negative feedback loop of degrading processes such as: soil erosion, nutrient loss, coastline dissolution, hyper salinity and vegetation cover modifications pushing the ecological system outside its normal operating range.
THIS IS AN INSTANCE WHERE HUMANITY IS REQUIRED TO SAVE AN ECOSYSTEM.
Without human intervention at this point the island will soon be lost and with it all the ecological life it holds and promotes. This is a rare instance where humanity is required to save an ecosystem.
resiliency in coastal areas This island is representative of many coastal areas around the world where man-made interventions have reduced resilience and destroyed habitat raising exposure and vulnerability. Given that a significant percentage of the world’s population lives in coastal areas, it is essential that we learn how to repair damaged ecologies and use natural resilient systems reducing the vulnerability with a ecosystem based strategy. With over 7 Billion people in the world – and another billion within the next two decades it is no longer possible to ‘lock nature away’. We must learn to co-exist and enhance the ecosystems that support us so that with each human intervention we create more habitat and greater conditions for life of all kind- truly restorative and regenerative design.
BLACKADORE CAYE WILL BE A MODEL FOR HOSPITALITY WORLDWIDE, A SECTOR THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BELIZE’S FUTURE AND ECONOMY.
a new paradigm Climate change, rising sea levels and disturbing trends like ocean acidification mean that we can no longer pretend there isn’t a problem. The world needs more examples of a new paradigm and to expose people to deep green building and infrastructure solutions. Blackadore Caye will be a model for Hospitality worldwide, a sector that is very important to Belize’s future and economy. The project will be a model for harnessing development dollars to fund extensive wildlife restoration measures that dramatically increase habitat and species health.
coastal erosion Due to the stripping of mangroves from the shoreline and extreme climatic events, Blackadore Caye is quickly eroding. Just since the team has started taking measurements from 2013 to 2015 there has been a loss of four feet of coast land in some areas. As the water edge encroaches deeper the saline soil kills the roots of the trees in the littoral forest where they soon die. The entire Littoral Forest of the island is quickly disappearing.
THERE HAS BEEN A LOSS OF FOUR FEET OF COAST LAND IN SOME AREAS (SOIL, NOT SAND).
flooding and soil salinity Diminished coastal dune, loss of mangrove trees and littoral forest has led to shoreline erosion, more flooding and a quickly rising level of soil salinity. The salinity of the soil on Blackadore forces the roots of trees to spread out rather than go deep, thus rendering the trees even more vulnerable to storms. Large hyper-saline zones are now increasing in size in the lowest areas of the island where only hyper-saline algae mat will grow.
top soil loss The lack of mangroves and coastal berm leads to inland soil erosion, which has further reduced the health and diversity of the inland ecology. This image shows island topsoil that took thousands of years to build, washing away into the bay.
establishing an ecological baseline A detailed ecological baseline is being performed by world-class marine biologists, herpetologists, mastozoologists, botanists and ecologists performing ongoing species counts and health monitoring that will continue for the life of the project, with the goal of substantial increase of the carrying capacity, biodiversity, resiliency and stability. We will create fish nurseries through habitat enhancements and plant nurseries to restore key ecological functions. We will be collaborating with local universities and individuals interested in ecology and making available all data from this research.
grass culm weight to calculate biomass in grassland study area
existing flora & fauna Even with the declining health of the island, Blackadore is still home to a wide variety of important flora and fauna and to species that use Blackadore as a stepping stone in their migratory paths. Significant data has now been collected on the ecosystem and the species found on the Caye and the surrounding waters and we have established a strong baseline for the island. As we make improvements to the ecology we will establish monitoring activities of key species and other indicators for many years. This data will be available to the Belize government, NGOâ€™s and the general public to show how you can improve conditions through development. To date we have observed 144 species in Blackadore caye: 64 species of Birds, 27 species of fish, 5 species of mammals, 8 species of reptiles, 10 species of identified invertebrates, 30 species of terrestrial vegetal species and 8 species of aquatic vegetal species.
64 species of birds
8 species of reptiles
10 species of identified
27 species of fish
2 species of non-venomous snakes
5 species of mammals
30 species of terrestrial vegetal species
marine studies The Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS) protocols were used to identify the diversity and abundance of marine life. One of the findings was the dominance of algae on the Benthos, with just a few scarce seagrass beds present around the island. Blackadore Caye hopes to expand the areas of seagrass and fish habitat. Near 90% of the fish near the island were juveniles with a length less than 18 inches. Very few large individuals were spotted. The most representative groups observed were Grunts and Snappers, nevertheless Bonefish and Permit were also observed in a few areas.
AND 2 CONSERVATION HABITAT RESTORATION Conservation and habitat restoration is an essential part of the ethic and purpose of the development and will happen both on-island and off-island. Blackadore ‘looks’ like an undeveloped island but that is an illusion due to ‘shifting baselines’ of what appears healthy. In reality the island has had significant impacts, especially during the colonial era and modernization. During its history the island has been used extensively by people and at various times as a homestead. Blackadore has seen significant deforestation of its mangrove and tree canopy. Invasive species have been introduced and the flora and fauna impacted. Now the Island is under dire threat due to coastal and soil erosion and salinization of soils leaving large and growing dead patches. A lack of coastal shading has destroyed natural fish nurseries and sea grass is missing.
BLACKADORE ‘LOOKS’ LIKE AN UNDEVELOPED ISLAND BUT THAT IS AN ILLUSION DUE TO ‘SHIFTING BASELINES’ OF WHAT APPEARS HEALTHY.
enhancing habitat The project is being designed so that each building and structure enhances and improves habitat after construction is complete. All topsoil will be preserved and used onisland. In addition the architecture will provide habitat by incorporating planted â€œlivingâ€? roofs and walls. The buildings are nestled into the landscape in low diversity areas with conservation buffers to support habitat for both native flora and fauna.
Forest Coverage Diagram
Forest Coverage Diagram
conservation areas Legend
Area of Grasses
Area of Grasses
Area of Littoral is Forest 1,603,000 SF Over 50% of the island being designated as restorationArea and conservation areas of Mangroves 252,000 SF with access by boardwalk to keep people off of Total Forest Coverage 1,855,000 SF the restoration areas. Another large portion of the island is set aside as conservation with human interaction permitted for education. Notes:
Even developed portions of the island increase in Forest Coverage will have• 230% conservation and restoration elements built into the landscape including conservation buffers between each home. • 70% increase of Coastline Naturalized
Area of Littoral Forest Area of Mangroves
1,603,000 SF 252,000 SF
Total Forest Coverage 1,855,000 SF
Littoral Notes: Forest
• 70% increase of Coastline Naturalized Grasses • 230% increase in Forest Coverage Mangroves
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removing invasive species Invasive Species will be removed from the island in collaboration with Belize ecologists and replaced with native species that will improve the islandâ€™s health.
ecology incubator We will be building a research station at Blackadore with facilities available for Belize and international scientists to use as a platform for a variety of ecological studies including the impacts of: • climate change on island health • ocean acidification • marine ecology • food web structure • habitat connectivity • biological interactions • microbiome genetical characteristics • and more
We hope to underwrite significant valuable local research through operations. Visiting ‘professorships’ with leading universities will be set up on island for a constant flow of new research and ideas. manatee rescue in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Center
Manatista, 2014, CC BY-SA 3.0
We will hire an on-island ecologist to be stationed on the island and in charge of our education and research programs with visiting professors from top universities in the world on dedicated research projects.
supporting local marine reserve We are looking forward to being a partner in the new Marine Reserve with ongoing research and fiscal support and by creating a demonstration for the world. In a similar fashion â€“ we hope to help set new standards for responsible building development both in the reserve and nationally for Belize and offer our expertise and skills to help.
ESO/H. Dahle, 2013, CC BY 4.0
The project is planning on including a small observatory on the island for astronomical research and star gazing, given the incredible night sky conditions and that will be made available to Belize scientists and schools.
sustainability events We will be holding annual sustainability events and conferences on the island for further environmental education and we will hold open seats each time with scholarships for local Belize students to attend.
Envision workshop in Costa Rica
replanting efforts We will be engaging in a mangrove expansion program along the coast of the island since most of the islandâ€™s natural mangrove has disappeared. Approximately 20,000 red mangroveâ€™s will be planted to stabilize and buffer the shore in collaboration with Mangrove.org who currently work in Belize. In addition sea grass and other aquatic vegetation will be introduced where possible. Our efforts will stop the erosion, return health to the littoral forest zone and bolster its defenses against most small to medium storm surges restoring the nursing habitat of important species including Bonefish and Permit.
creating fish habitat The project biologists have observed that Blackadore has little fish habitat and nursery conditions surrounding the island, a big effort is being taken to help create artificial fish habitat-especially through our over the water structures that can function as an artificial reef and shelter fish nurseries.
Our over the water structures also centralize and simplify our incoming boat access points â€“ allowing us to remove the majority of our docks and eliminate dredging. Our docks and over water structures are positioned over the deepest water so that boats can access without any shoreline impacts. The entire east side of the island will only have a single dock. Caye Offshore Foundation Biomimicry Concept, Option 1
moment connection where appropriate to form portral frame action for additional lateral stiffness
steel pile embedded into limestone
(wall thickness to account for corrosion)
cables mimic mangrove roots and
provide habitat. Effect on sedimentation to be investigated
outrigger cables need to be anchored (potential hazard for boats)
dock structures mimic mangrove roots to create fish habitat
limiting motorized boating Guest use of motorized boats will be restricted around the island to protect marine life in shallow waters. Guests will have free use of paddle boards, sail boats and small human-powered pleasure craft â€“ but no jet-skiâ€™s or motorized boats will be permitted except for the regulated delivery boats for arrivals, departures and supplies operated by professionals.
endangered species The project plans to work with local biologists and the Belize government to define endangered and threatened species and participate where possible in on-island breeding and research programs.
White Crowned Pigeon, IUCN Red List
ZankaM, 2013, CC BY-SA 3.0
For example, threatened orchids or amphibians might be promoted and reintroduced in their native habitat as part of our program.
restoration plan - before and after our restoration work
diverse marine environment
well established mangrove and marshes
integrated freshwater ecosystems
aquatic ecosystem A healthy Blackadore marine ecosystem will support greater aquatic diversity. Today’s aquatic ecosystem around Blackadore is notable for it’s lack of diversity, high levels of sediment and a sea floor dominated by sand and algae. The project’s efforts to reduce erosion, plant Mangrove and replant seagrass will help improve water quality, increase oxygen uptake and support greater aquatic diversity.
healthy marine ecosystem
aquatic ecosystem - before and after our restoration work TODAY
intertidal ecosystem Robust Intertidal zones will reduce erosion, provide habitat for fish and allow the island to heal. The lack of mangroves has led to a negative feedback loop of erosion which has greatly impacted habitat in the intertidal zones. The replanting of mangroves will dramatically improve the health of the intertidal ecosystem, providing fish habitat while also protecting the inland littoral forest areas from flooding and wave action.
healthy intertidal ecosystem
intertidal ecosystem - before and after our restoration work
upland ecosystem Healthy upland areas will increase fresh water collection, preserve organic material and support diversity. As fresh water collects and top soil builds the upland ecosystem will begin to heal, aided by our selective planting of indigenous species.
healthy upland ecosystem
upland ecosystem - before and after our restoration work
35 BLACKADORE TODAY
230% increase in forest coverage Today Blackadore Caye has only approximately 17% of itâ€™s forest coverage remaining. As a result of decades of impact, Blackadore Caye has lost the stabilization and protection from tree roots and mangroves and is eroding away with each season and storm. Our development is sensitive to this drastic loss of habitat and one of the critically important parts of our plan is to replant the mangroves, sea grasses, and wild grasses on the island along with new trees and bushes on-island to naturally restabilize the island, create an enhanced habitat for migratory species, and aesthetically showcase the beauty of the fauna and flora of Belize.
existing tree coverage | 17%
restored island tree coverage | 40% - 60%* *Additionally 20% of the island will be restored wetland and grassland landscapes resulting in approximately 60% of the island as dedicated restored landscape
a healthy blackadore The vision for a healthy Blackadore Caye is that of a vibrant landscape with the architecture seamlessly integrated into the natural habitat.
island cross section
restored red mangroves restored red mangroves
restored littorallittoral forest restored forest
wild harvest promenade wild harvest promenade
grass clearing grass clearing
welcoming garden fragrant gateway welcoming garden fragrant gateway
privacy edge privacy edge
red mangroves restoredrestored red mangroves
3 GREEN BUILDING Blackadore Caye will set new standards for the world in utilizing leading green technologies and strategies. It is our goal to help make important green building strategies and technologies affordable and desirable through integration in this project and the global exposure it will generate.
OUR GOAL IS TO HELP MAKE IMPORTANT GREEN BUILDING STRATEGIES AND TECHNOLOGIES AFFORDABLE
It is our belief that it is the responsibility of those that can afford it â€“ to help as early adopters and drive down the cost of ecological solutions for all people regardless of income.
solar thermal panels will be an integral part to the net-zero energy and water approach
living building challenge
Lauren Gutierrez, 2012, CC BY-ND 2.0
The project and every building within it will be aiming for Living Building Challenge Certification the worldâ€™s most stringent green building program. Certification can only be achieved if we prove compliance after a minimum of 12 months of operation, so it is not based on mere promises.
net zero energy The project is being designed as a Net Zero Energy Project. 100% of its electricity needs will be powered by on-site renewable energy in the form of solar photovoltaics. The project will not use fossil fuels for electricity use on the island. No underwater cable is planned. We hope to pioneer advanced battery systems.
photovoltaic (PV) panels will provide on-island renewable energy
rainwater will provide the majority of the water for the project
net zero water The project is being designed as a Net Zero Water Project. 100% of its water needs will be derived from captured precipitation and water reuse with solar stills as back up. Water and waste will be treated on-site using state of the art biological waste treatment processes and composting â€“ and will not require the use of any chemicals. Water will be treated to the highest quality possible so that there are no negative island or water impacts from elevated nitrogen or other nutrients. We hope to pioneer a new advanced composting toilet that will radically increase uptake of the technology worldwide.
net zero waste The project is being designed as a Net Zero Waste Project â€“ Nearly 100% of construction and operational waste will be diverted from landfills through careful design and materials selection.
Denise Carbonell, 2007, CC BY 2.0
We will be working with the government of Belize to establish new standards and markets for construction waste in the countryhopefully using this project as a catalyst to reduce impacts nation-wide.
local materials The project is being designed very carefully using as much local and regional materials as possible – and avoiding the use of any toxic ‘red list’ chemicals – making the structures amongst the healthiest in the world. We will be sourcing many materials from local artisans to support the local economy and to build a market for Belize materials. We will only use FSC wood in the development.
WE WILL BE SOURCING MANY MATERIALS FROM LOCAL ARTISANS TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND TO STRENGTHEN THE MARKET FOR BELIZE MATERIALS
low impact construction Strict controls will be placed on construction to avoid unwanted impacts, with some construction happening on San Pedro in controlled environments before final erection on Blackadore. We have hired an â€˜Island Loraxâ€™ team of individuals who will independently oversee construction and operations to ensure that all practices protect the island to the maximum extent possible. The Lorax team will work between our biologists and our construction crews.
biomimicry We are hoping to pioneer many new materials that meet the LBC redlist and solve problems using biomimicry specifically.
Chris 73, 2009, CC BY-SA 3.0
Biomimicry is the new design science that uses nature as a guide, mentor and measure for success. We are currently investigating pier systems that mimic the mangrove and create ideal fish breeding areas.
green construction training
COD Newsroom, 2015, CC BY 2.0
We will be training local construction workers on green building principles through a dedicated worker training program â€“ with the aim of transforming construction practices nationwide.
4 GREEN OPERATIONS Blackadore Caye will be operated through time as a global leader in responsible operations. Hospitality operations worldwide have huge impacts on the environment and most hotels only do token â€˜greenâ€™ operations. With guests from around the world we have the opportunity to set a new standard, which we believe will begin to influence the entire industry.
ecology orientation All residents and visitors to the island will go through an ecology orientation program at Blackadore to help ensure that visitors respect the environment not only when visiting our project but throughout Belize and the marine reserve.
carbon footprint offset The project will be participating in a carbonoffset program to mitigate carbon impacts from all tourist travel to the island.
Colm Britton, 2012, CC BY 2.0
Each visitor will get a carbon footprint analysis of their journey and offsets will happen automatically through pre-vetted programs as part of the hotel guest charges.
local organic food All food consumed for the island will be locally or regionally sourced, organic and fresh â€“ with opportunities for local fishermen and farmers to have a steady new customer base. The project provides significant positive outlets for the best food practices in Belize. We will partner with local farmers that are protecting their land and soil through high quality, organic practices. Food will primarily be vegetarian.
food production We plan on growing some food on the island using organic means – particularly hydroponics as demonstrations for advanced food techniques as well as an integrated aquaponic systems linking chickens, farmed freshwater fish and vegetable production.
Frank Fox, 2014, CC BY-SA 2.0
Guests will participate in a total ‘food and wellness’ immersion – with the goal of changing eating and shopping habits for guests upon their return.
water efficient aquaponic farming
pack it in, pack it out The development will have strong guidelines around what guests and visitors can bring to the island to avoid unnecessary waste or environmental impact.
anoldent, 2007, CC BY-SA 2.0
We will adhere to the â€˜pack it in, pack it outâ€™ philosophy.
banning plastic bottles
epSos .de, 2011, CC BY 2.0
Plastic bottles and plastic elements that could end up in the marine ecosystem are banned from the project. Restorative Islands will carefully vet all products use and packaging used and ensure 100% recycling by guests and visitors.
One plastic bottle will take more than 450 years to completely degrade
composting and soil building
Engineering for Change, 2012, CC BY-SA 2.0
On-site composting and soil building will be an important part of our operations to build soil health and quantity on the island.
no petrochemical vehicles There will be no petrochemical vehicles allowed on the island. Any â€˜cartsâ€™ or access will be electrically powered or human powered.
pesticide free There will be no pesticides or chemicals sprayed on the island and research is being done on natural pest control for mosquitoes that we hope to pioneer.
hands-on restoration Guests will have the option of participating in local ecology restoration work parties while staying with us â€“ providing meaningful activities for guests to help improve the environment throughout Belize.
Greg Westfall, 2010, CC BY-SA 2.0
It is our desire to create an operations base on San Pedro â€“ helping to minimize activity on the island while also allowing for more work opportunities on San Pedro for local Belizeans.
operations will create jobs in San Pedro
5 ECONOMIC BENEFITS Creating opportunities to enrich peopleâ€™s lives and improve social conditions in Belize is one of our critical goals of success. We are cognizant that the resort is targeting people of means as customers and it is our goal to use this demographic and economic engine to fuel significant social benefits within Belize.
Rachel Kramer, 2009, CC BY 2.0
Normally development concentrates with the wealthy â€“ our model uses wealth to drive positive economic benefits for those that need it through an altruistic capitalism model. With support from the government and local business â€“ we believe we are creating a huge opportunity for the people of Belize.
contribution to local economy Beyond the immense positive international public relations impact Blackadore Caye will have for Belize, the development will create a significant contribution to the local economy. The contribution will come from the construction, sales and management of the island development with a total estimated financial benefit of $189,530,000 USD. The table below details this approximate estimate: Contribution to the Local Economy (USD $): Construction (Over 36 months) Local Purchases / Salaries & Wages $166,000,000 Local Consultants (Annual) Sales Staff & Agents / Salaries & Wages Commissions $12,430,000
Hevan Chan, 2012, CC BY 2.0
Resort Management (Annual) Local purchases / Salaries & Wages / Tour Operators $11,100,000 Total Financial Benefits:
In addition, the total estimated economic benefit to the Government of Belize for all fees and duties over a 20 year period is approximately: $119,274,000 USD
supporting local businesses We hope to source the majority of our supplies and support services (of all kinds) from local Belize businesses â€“ supporting the local economy. Tour guide operators, fishermen and tourist supporting businesses will be enhanced the most, especially from the San Pedro area. We anticipate hiring dozens of local tour guide and fishing operators each year â€“ possibly adding 1000-2000 new tours a year as an estimate representing hundreds of thousands of new dollars each year directly into the hands of local fishermen and tour guide operators.
WE ANTICIPATE HIRING DOZENS OF LOCAL TOUR GUIDE AND FISHING OPERATORS EACH YEAR
local construction labor Construction of the project will be done primarily with local labor overseen by our construction management group. We anticipate tens of millions of dollars being interjected into the economy due to construction and operations. During the construction phase of the project, the Owner and their Ownerâ€™s Project Representative and Construction Manager, CM&D, will engage local building contractors, sub-contractors, vendors and consultants. The current estimated total temporary jobs that will be created during the construction phase of Blackadore Caye is 400. In addition to employing as many local qualified tradesmen and skilled and unskilled employees within the 400 jobs created, the local contractors and consultants will also benefit from the internationally recognized structure, processes and proprietary Project Management Delivery System, which will be implemented and managed by CM&D.
WE ANTICIPATE HIRING 400 BELIZEANS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RESORT.
advanced construction techniques training All individuals engaged in construction will go through a rigorous training and education program on current advanced construction techniques and green building resulting in new job training certificates and qualifications creating important job skills that will help with employment opportunities after the project is complete CM&D has successfully utilized, trained and deployed local personnel through its Project Management Training Program in past projects that include resort hospitality, residential high-rise and office high-rise. These past projects were located in Panama City, Panama, Bangkok, Thailand, and Bangalore and Mumbai, India. The result within the now trained and experienced local labor force was allowing them to move vertically in the industry after successful completion of CM&Dâ€™s Project Management Training Program and the specific project they were trained for with CM&D. Rather than a lateral move to the next project, the local labor force achieved higher paying jobs with greater responsibility and overall greater impact to their community. Ownership and CM&D fully expects to conduct the execution of Blackadore Caye in the same manner.
local construction staging It is our desire to build a construction staging operation on San Pedro, which not only reduces island impacts â€“ but also allows for more of the workforce to be close to family and services. In addition it is our desire to build some of our ongoing employee housing on San Pedro for similar reasons â€“ and to help San Pedro with green planning and resiliency planning and improved standards for sustainability.
good quality jobs Our goal is to greatly exceed local wage standards to improve quality of life for all employees. The majority of employees in the resort will be from Belize including leadership and management positions. These jobs are safe, clean, dignified and come with job training and personal advancement. The resort when operational is expected to employ a staff or 100-150 Belizeans. Belizeans who are employed at the resort, both skilled and unskilled, will benefit from the training they receive under the resort standards, and will have the opportunity to train and work at other affiliated resort locations.
Saptarshi Biswas, 2009, CC BY 2.0
The experience of being an employee at the resort will stand Belizeans in good stead for future employment, given the resortâ€™s international reputation and the prestige that comes from working with such a brand.
ecology training The island will host several scholarships for ecology students within Belize to visit and study the ecosystem surrounding and work with our scientists on climate change research and impacts to marine ecology. Partnerships with multiple higher education institutions in Belize and around the world will help elevate the work we do.
children’s education program
Rafael J M Souza, 2012, CC BY 2.0
The island will be developing a ‘schools’ program and we will pay for local School Children in Belize to have field trips and educational linkages to the island and our various programs – helping to teach ecology and appreciation of nature to the next generation.
cultural respect The island will work with the Belize government to educate visitors on Belize history, helping to engender cultural respect and appreciation as guests visit the country, its temples and communities. A small â€˜museumâ€™ on-island will showcase the culture of the Maya and modern Belize partnering with local archaeologists.
Pgbk87, 2009, CC BY-SA 3.0
Similar focus will be given to local Belize culture including musicians, performers and artists who will benefit from international exposure and resources and will receive special commissions within the development.
get involved! For more information on how you can get involved and turn our vision into a reality contact us! firstname.lastname@example.org Please tell us your interest: • • • • • • • •
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