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Best practices of Better In Belize Eco-Community

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Integral participatory design

Conscious participation in project design: 
50%
Traditional and local wisdom: 
100%
A number of our local employees have extended experience living and surviving in the rainforest, their knowledge of the jungle and the local flora and fauna is priceless
Innovative methods and appropriate technologies: 
70%
Education and empowerment towards sustainable living: 
50%

Best social practices

Conflict facilitation and peace-building skills?: 
50%
Gender equality: 
100%
There is complete Gender Equality in our project, there are both men and women in planning and advisory roles.
Sense of community and mutual support: 
80%
Diversity: 
70%
Inclusive decision-making processes: 
90%
Currently decisions are made by the developers and the board of directors, however we are preparing to launch the community led advisory board, which will put the decision-making process firmly in the hands of our community members.
Alliances within wider society and networks?: 
50%

Best cultural practices

Political activism for environmental and social justice: 
50%
Connecting to a higher purpose in life / spiritual pathway: 
50%
Dance, music, art, celebrations and rituals: 
50%
Local dance, music, art, celebrations and rituals: 
50%
Awareness about impacts of modernisation / minimising negative impacts: 
50%
Common vision: 
50%

Best ecological practices

Ecological sanitation?: 
50%
Sustainable transport: 
50%
Sustainable water management?: 
100%
Our water needs are met by rainwater catchment and storage systems. We also use various methods to conserve water use.
Natural and traditional healing methods: 
50%
Organical food: 
50%
Ecological and traditional building methods: 
50%
Ecosystemes and biodiversity: 
70%
Our project is preserving over 50% of the land owned by the community, with strategically placed green spaces and wildlife corridors, we are also in the planning stages of creating structures similar to wildlife overpasses to increase ecological connectivity. We have community and building guidelines designed to minimize the footprint of the community and the individual houses.
Renewable energy: 
100%
Our community is entirely off-grid, our electricity needs are met by solar panels.
Organic agriculture/permaculture/ natural farming methods?: 
80%

Best economical practices

Transparent administration and bookkeeping: 
50%
Consciousness of the impacts of consumption patterns: 
90%
Ethical and transparent fair trade: 
70%
Strengthening local economy: 
100%
All procurement and hiring is done locally.
Economic justice: 
80%
Aside from hiring and buying locally, we also have various charitable endeavours designed to help alleviate poverty in the surrounding region.
Collective ownership: 
70%
Common space amenities like the community centre, and all of the food grown on site are collectively owned.