Beekeepers of the Russian Far East established an interregional association
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 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.
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.