Forest conservation through beekeeping in north west Cameroon
Working with our local partner, Apiculture and Nature Conservation Organisation (ANCO) we are supporting the Nkor community to develop sustainable beekeeping as a forest-friendly addition to their livelihoods.
The overall objective is to build a strong financial incentive for sustainable forest management and to increase incomes for the forest communities.
With support from the forest conservation campaign Size of Wales we are:
- training women and men in low-cost, profitable beekeeping
- establishing tree nurseries
- making firebreaks to protect forest-located apiaries and nearby forest
The trainee-beekeepers have made 305 beehives and located them in the village forest area. Training comprises a formal training event followed by monitoring and follow-up visits. These visits enable beekeepers to share their problems and receive advice. Some beekeepers did not construct strong enough hive stands and as the colonies began to store honey some stands collapsed! This problem was corrected.
By July 2014 colonisation of the hives through natural swarming had reached 60%. The Project also helped the local community protect their village forest area through making firebreaks and to raise and plant 5000 indigenous tree species.
The Project leader said "I am most impressed by the dedication shown by the women trainees. They work harder than the men".
This project is sponsored by the 'Size of Wales'.