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Beekeepers of the Russian Far East established an interregional association

20 november 2018
The creation of the Interregional Association of Beekeepers of the Far East became the main result of the International Forum «Forest Communities, Non-Timber Forest Products and Human Development», organized on November 14-16 in Vladivostok with the support of WWF Russia.

The Forum was organized by WWF Russia Amur branch, the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) and the Beekeepers Union of Primorsky province. About 80 participants attended the Forum: experts on non-timber forest products and honey from Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, China; Russian and foreign scientists; representatives of beekeeping communities of the Far Eastern provinces: Primorsky, Khabarovsky, Kamchatsky, Amurskaya, Evreiskaya and Yakutia; processors and exporters of non-timber forest products; the representatives of the Agency for the Human Development and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry of Primorsky province.

The International Forum «Forest Communities, Non-Timber Forest Products and Human Development»
Olga Sass / WWF Russia
“For the first time we have gathered such a representative forum for a comprehensive exchange of views and making the right decisions both for the careful development of the valuable linden and Korean pine forests of the Far East, and for ensuring the social objectives of the region’s development. One of the most important results is the decision to create the Far Eastern Association of Beekeepers, which will help to solve the main problems in this sphere of wildlife management by uniting local forest communities, - commented Evgeny Lepeshkin, project coordinator at WWF Russia Amur branch.
Evgeny Lepeshkin, coordinator of the sustainable forestry unit at WWF Russia Amur branch
Olga Sass / WWF Russia

The Forum focused on the problems of preserving linden tree species as the main honey bearing plants and important components of the unique biodiversity of the Far East. Among the discussed issues are raising the export potential of Far Eastern honey through the use of modern research on the quality of beekeeping products and the creation of an appropriate laboratory, as well as promoting the production of beekeeping in domestic and foreign markets by creating a brand of Far Eastern honey from unique forests of the Amur tiger range. It was useful to establish relationships with representatives of the beekeeping industry in Russia and abroad. The wide representation of the Far Eastern regions allowed us to accomplish another strategic task - to hold the first meeting of the Interregional Far Eastern Association of Beekeepers.

Beekeepers of Primorsky province
The Beekeepers Union of Primorsky province
“The idea to create the Far Eastern Association of Beekeepers was raised last year. Communicating with beekeepers, for example, from Khabarovsky province, we realized that the problems, especially logging of linden trees, sales, study of the quality of honey, are similar in many Far Eastern regions. This year, in June, initiative beekeepers from Khabarovsky and Primorsky provinces gathered in Khabarovsk, and decided to set up a working group to unite Far Eastern beekeepers. All proposals that we considered in summer were submitted to the heads of the Far Eastern Federal Regions. Feedback was received from the majority of administrations. And now, thanks to WWF, we were able to gather beekeepers and representatives of beekeeping communities of 5 regions - Primorsky, Khabarovsk, Kamchatsky, Evreiskaya provinces and Yakutia at the Forum in Vladivostok. Representatives from Amurskaya province also arrived, but they are mainly engaged in the production of beekeeping equipment, therefore they participated as guests of the Forum. On November 15, we held a meeting and established an interregional public organization — the Far Eastern Association of Beekeepers. The Board of the Association was elected, which included representatives of 5 regions,” - comments Ramil Enikeev, Chairman of the Beekeepers Union of Primorsky province, who was elected the president of the Far Eastern Association of Beekeepers.
Ramil Enikeev, Chairman of the Beekeepers Union of Primorsky province, who was elected the president of the Far Eastern Association of Beekeepers
Olga Sass / WWF Russia

The Forum «Forest Communities, Non-Timber Forest Products and Human Development» has become one of the largest events within the program of the Amur Coalition, which has been implemented by WWF Russia in the Amur basin for three years in partnership with the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) with the support of the European Union and interaction with public environmental organizations. The forum was conducted for the third time, but has become the most ambitious meeting of Far Eastern beekeepers aimed at the development of this industry. 

Marta Rovira (in the middle) technical expert on International Cooperation for the Development of CTFC
Olga Sass / WWF Russia
“Beekeeping helps to preserve the forest and biodiversity. And we are glad to see that cooperation between the Spanish Catalonia and Primorye has brought significant results. First of all, the exchange of experience was useful for organizing the Association of Far Eastern beekeepers. The Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) brought experts from Europe to Primorye to participate in seminars on honey and non-timber forest products. They told how to organize such a business, what demand is at international markets, what requirements exist for quality certification, how beekeepers help to preserve forest and biodiversity, and shared knowledge about new and traditional beekeeping methods, including forest beekeeping, says Marta Rovira, technical expert on International Cooperation for the Development of CTFC. - It was also useful for us to see that there are common problems for all beekeepers in the world, and how to solve these problems. For example, the reduction of bee populations, bee diseases, and the aging of beekeepers who are mostly elderly people. It is very useful to communicate between different countries on the same issue, exchange views and difficulties, and look for ways of cooperation. For me, trips to Primorsky province have always been special, and I see how people’s motivation is growing every year: to work together to overcome problems, to organize their efforts in the Beekeepers Union. I liked the openness of people in Primorye. Despite the fact that we speak different languages, I have always felt that people want to communicate and overcome language difficulties, and there is a motivation for growth.”
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