06 Apr '12, 8pm

Ever thought of bee keeping and honey production as a new #business venture? #conservation

In Georgia, where IUCN is helping rural people find alternative livelihoods to illegal logging, it’s finding that there is great enthusiasm for bee keeping and honey production as a new business venture. The villagers of Tadzrisi and Sakire in Borjomi district were heavily dependent on forest resources and suffered from a government crackdown on illegal logging. The area was logged heavily in the 1990s and the signs of deforestation are clearly visible. Last year, five farmers from the two villages were each given a bee colony and a hive to help start their own honey production business. They were the top candidates in a special training workshop that was given. Mr Murman Tabukashvili is a bee keeping expert who is well known for his high-quality honey. He expressed an interest in helping other local people to establish their own businesses and hopes that his village will ...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/knowledge/focus/nature_for_all/?9482/...

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