Colibri Cloudforest Beekeeping
The community of San Antonio, which successfully established a butterfly sanctuary, has expressed interest in beginning work on beekeeping. In addition to providing income, the beekeeping project will also help to incentivize the local community to protect their forests. Beekeepers are invested in the protection of the forests, because bees prefer the tall trees.
Unusually high rates of decline in honeybee colonies have been observed since the late 1990s. Pollinators like Honeybees and butterflies play an important role in tropical forests, promoting the production of seeds, nuts, berries, and fruits through pollination. Many plant and animal species in the Amazon would not survive without bees
Our goal is to help the San Antonio community generate an income based on beekeeping products such as beeswax, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly. Helping the community develop this beekeeping business will increase the bee population in the area, contribute to maintaining the biodiversity of the region, and help local farmers, like coffee farmers, keep healthy crops.
- Train community members in San Antonio in beekeeping practices
- Support the community with needed technical help and equipment in order to produce beeswax, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly
- Search for markets on the local and national level for these bee products
The Beekeeping project is located in the San Antonio community in 10 family farms surrounded by Cloud Forest ecosystem.