Stingless-bees as a Sustainable Economic Use of Intact Forest

High value niche products like Stingless-bee honey and its derivatives, when harvested sustainably from intact forests, can provide the economic incentives to conserve these forests

A typical Stingless-bee from the genus Melipona
A typical Stingless-bee from the genus Melipona
A typical Stingless-bee from the genus Melipona

Non-timber forest products, the flow of which frequently rely on well functioning ecosystems like intact forests, are valuable from a subsistence point of view (e.g. bush meat) and increasingly from a commercial, niche market perspective too (e.g. Brazil nuts). When carefully managed, implying no over-harvesting, such products can be powerful drivers for community development from an economic perspective as well as stalwarts against the risks of malnutrition and periodic economic downturns that may affect family income levels.
In this case, we have teamed up with rural families and communities that have existing knowledge of and in some cases some limited management of Stingless-bees, and will bring them together with Stingless-bee experts and existing commercial projects from abroad, with the aim of developing Stingless-bee honey-based products for high value niche markets in Peru and abroad. Stingless-bee products are already sold for their medicinal properties.  

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