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Sustainable beekeeping for resilient livelihoods
Making a difference worldwide
Deforestation damages the environment, reduces biodiversity and undermines people's livelihoods. In Dangila, Amhara, one community have decided to work together to restore an area of degraded land within their village. They selected an area which had been browsed and grazed intensively for many years, until it was almost completely devoid of vegetation.
Bees for Development Ethiopia worked alongside the community, supported by government officers responsible for natural resource management. The area of land was mapped and demarcated. The community met together to agree how to protect and manage the regenerating vegetation. Bees for Development Ethiopia also initiated a beekeeping training programme at the same time and 40 youngsters have been helped to start beekeeping as an additional source of income.
This Project has been a huge success and has also generated valuable lessons, enabling us to scale-up this approach to other areas. Community members have been amazed at the speed of the forest recovery and have come to appreciate the tangible results of their protection work. Beekeepers are reporting increased honey yields and increased income.
This Project was supported by Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund and Bees for Development Trust.
The community agreed local protection and management rules, and have successfully upheld the rules for two years. The area now supports promising regrowth of woody vegetation and flowering plants. Wildlife and pollinating insects are returning to the area.