24/7 Sustainable energy
At the moment not all the villages/camps have a (properly working) generator in their possession or enough fuel (Palumeu hasn’t had fuel for over a year). Normally the government would take care of the generator and the fuel supply but the last 3 years the government failed to do so.
Due to the fact that Palumeu cannot depend on the service and fuel supply from the Government, and the high costs involved that comes with these services and considering the latest developments of renewable energy itself, they would like to have solar energy and, if possible, combined with hydro energy. Renewable energy and energy autonomy If we want to support the development of livelihood the coming years, much more energy is needed. We’re aiming for 100% energy autonomy.
The sustainable livelihood of forest or biodiversity dependent community can be measured as the following: SL=B x IK x EP Sustainable livelihoods = Biodiversity (natural capital) x Indigenous Knowledge (social capital) x enabling environment (both policies and marketing forces). A food forest, also called a forest garden, is a diverse planting of edible plants that attempts to mimic the ecosystems and patterns found in nature.
Food forests are three dimensional designs, with life extending in all directions – up, down, and out. intermediaries between the Trio and the Ndyuka along the Tapanahoni River. Despite their friendly relations with their Maroon neighbors, the Wayana keep a certain distance to them. Mixed marriages and mixed children are rare. Mixed Wayana-Maroon villages do not exist in Suriname, but Wayana do work and go to school in the Aluku village of Maripasula, French Guiana.
Generally, there are several layers of a forest garden. Using these layers, we can fit more plants in an area without causing failure due to competition. A food forest does not have to be re-planted year after year. Once it is established, it is generally very resilient.
Clean drinking water
Water is a fundamental human right. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 50 and 100 liters of water per person per day are needed, for drinking, cooking, personal and household hygiene. Contaminated water isn’t just dirty—it’s deadly… The United Nations considers universal access to clean water a basic human right, and an
essential step towards improving living standards worldwide.
The issues we encounter with sustainable energy also apply for drinking water, it’s often not clean or sufficient. In Palumeu we collect untreated surface water from the river.In the Camps they use water from a nearby creek, without any treatment. Due to the expansion of the (illegal) gold mining in the vicinity of the camps, the water quality is declining. Using water from the river or creeks without any treatment is not an option anymore. We need clean and sufficient drinking water for all villages and camps.
Land use management planning/system
Indigenous communities are dramatically impacted by the climate change — despite contributing the least to its causes. More involvement is required to recognize the unique impacts climate change has on them. The valuable and critical contributions of traditional knowledge and practices is a valuable aspect.
Land use management is the process of managing the use and development of land resources. Land resources are used for a variety of purposes which include agriculture, reforestation, water resource management, protecting spiritual and sacred places and eco-tourism projects. Within a Land use management system, we can put our (traditional) knowledge and practices to protect and preserve our territory. We protect what is ours, with our traditional knowledge!
Community waste management
The most important reason for proper waste management is to protect the environment for the health and safety of the inhabitants of Palumeu. Bad waste management practices can also cause land and air pollution which can result in serious health issues in humans and animals.
One of the first steps is to create awareness about the risks of pollution and environmental damage. The residents of Palumeu are used to organic waste, which automatically disintegrates. We are not familiar with and unaware of the consequences and impact of plastic and other non-organic waste on the environment and the consequences of inappropriate waste handling.
Employment / Entrepreneurship
Stimulating and training residents in entrepreneurship.
Implement entrepreneurship training in the projects. In the food farming projects, training is integrated to sell the products to third parties in addition to own consumption.
One goal is to open a shop where Indigenous items can be sold for the tourists who visit the resort.
scholarships for our youth
Many of our youth have the intellect to pursue higher education to become leaders for their communities in the future. But they usually fail when they study in the city of Paramaribo. There are two main reasons for this:
• lack of support from someone who knows our culture
• lack of financial support.
Every year there are 3-5 young people who have the opportunity to go to high school and even beyond. A scholarship for these students, including a home and guidance, is necessary. This approach ensures that our future leaders have the necessary knowledge and experience.
Centre for Education and Training
Our mission is to help Palumeu residents improve work skills, become self-sufficient and independent. The Education Training Center is a facility for children, adolescents and adults that can be used for:
- Provide educational opportunities after primary school. Children do not have to leave the village and be admitted to a foster home in the city.
- A place where young people can be trained for vocational education such as engineering, carpentry, catering and tourism, medical education, leadership development, etc. All courses and training courses are related to the development of the sustainable eco-village.
- A research center in the field of ecological agriculture, fisheries, poultry & game and agroforestry to reduce the pressure on the forest, soil fertility and CO2 emissions.
- A place for scientific research in collaboration with nature conservation organizations and organic institutions. For example, collecting and analyzing our landscape, water reservoir system, climate.
- A historical cultural center for preserving our heritage, facilitating our knowledge and artifacts. Breathe new life into our native culture and language education at school. Gather the content by facilitating thematic data from the elders and supplementing it with data already collected and archived in mainly European archives.
- Dutch language training; for young people it is essential to learn Dutch so that they can follow secondary education in Suriname and for adults so that they can communicate better with the government, NGOs etc.
- English language training; there are opportunities abroad for internships and capacity building, to be eligible for this, a good knowledge of the English language is required.
- Practical training in everything a Wayana needs in daily life (repair of an outboard engine, chainsaw, woodworking, electricity, etc.) this ensures self-sufficiency.
- Leadership and governance development for young people and our traditional leaders so that they can better lead and govern their communities.
- Develop the three legally established Wayana Community Foundations [Mulokot (Lawa Area), Paatu (Palumeu Village) and Piya (Apetina Village)] Improve governance and leadership skills to participate more effectively in economic opportunities to support the lives of their communities to improve
- Training in 'Western thinking' (also current issues related to politics, projects, etc.) To understand 'Western thinking' and to be aware of laws and other topics that may affect the Wayana's community.
- Outsider training on the Wayana uses, habits and our FPIC / engagement protocol.
- Developing and providing eco-tourism that preserves the environment and supports the well-being of the local population, includes cultural education and mediation. A precondition is that the social and ecological impact is kept as small as possible, but that an active contribution is also made to the conservation of the natural heritage, including mainly biodiversity.
- The facilities are: eco camping and lodges. There are retreats, tours and workshops that are taken along by the local guides and facilitators to bring about the encounter with people and nature.