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Beekeeping as a sustainable use of the rainforest in Nicaragua

  • Conservation & environment
  • Hertz O.
  • 2005
  • Article In Bfd Journal
  • text
  • English
  • Bees for Development Journal 76 Text on this website

By Ole Hertz DenmarkFor the last three years the Danish NGO Nepenthes has been working with a DANIDA-supported project concerning the environmental awareness among young local people. The work is in co-operation with the Nicaraguan NGOFundacion del Rio FdR. This organisation has its main office in San Carlos on the south-east coast of Lake Nicaragua.FdR own part of one of the rainforest-covered Solitiname Islands in the Lake. A main activity has been the construction of El Quebrachio Rainforest Centre 50 km east of San Juan. The Centre is situated in the forest buffer zone of the Indio Maiz Forest Reserve part of the Central American forest corridor. Here classes of children and teachers from the 48 schools spend a few days learning about the forest and how it can be used in sustainable ways. There are footpaths through the forest where medicinal plants spices and other useful forest products are demonstrated.Beekeeping with honey bees is a small part of the project but there has been great interest to learn the business. Previously there was no beekeeping in the area except for a few beekeepers with stingless bees. A log hive with stingless bees has been established and it is the intention to involve other local beekeepers in training in beekeeping with stingless bees.The first hives and honey bees had to be transported 250 km by car canoe and horse to the Centre. One colony of Africanised bees was also brought. Beekeeping training has taken place at the Centre and a Nicaraguan professional beekeeper has been engaged to give regular training. The first exhibition of beekeeping products made by one of the youth groups has taken place with great success.Nepenthes are at www.nepenthes.dkBees for Development Journal #76

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