Projects

Eden Honeybee Project

The Eden Honeybee Project (EHBP) is a project to help local beekeepers maintain healthy beehives.

Named “Eden” because this project is developed in the Garden Route of Eden District, in South Africa, where no trace of the AFB (American foulbrood) illness has yet been found. In collaboration with beekeeping experts in Europe, the EHBP has three main objectives:

  1. We aim to identify the prevalence of AFB surrounding the Eden District and to identify a “safe zone” where no trace of AFB is found. We will do this by working with local beekeepers to test their honey, increasing knowledge exchanges about the dangers of translocating bees from far distances without testing, and ultimately providing a standard criteria for EHBP approved honey.
  2. We seek to raise public awareness in the importance of collecting and producing honey organically, as well as the benefits it has on human health.
  3. We wish to support local economies and local beekeepers with the latest technology in order to keep beehives healthy and prosperous, and to and encourage artisan honey and related honey product.
Testimonials

I spent two weeks in South Africa with Conservation Global in a partnered trip with Franklin University Switzerland. It is safe to say that these two weeks are by far the most memorable of my life thanks to the effort Conservation Global put into both the educational and adventurous aspects of our trip. From hiking up Lion’s Head in Cape Town, diving with Great White sharks in the Indian ocean, and near encounters with the endangered White Rhinoceros, this NGO helped plan an incredible experience for my research conservation class. If it were not for Conservation Global I do not think we could have done many of the activities we did- such as engage with students at Tsiba College on issues of sustainability on our campuses, and meet and listen to Mark Rutherford lecture on how to run Gondwana Game Reserve. I will forever be grateful for these two weeks and for all of the hard work Conservation Global put into this experience!

Taylor Deems May 24th, 2016

Conservation Global provided a comprehensive and engaging travel experience for a group of seasoned travelers. My expectations were exceeded due to the organization’s ability to strike a balance between learning and fun, academics were firmly grounded as the motivation for all activities. We had access to sustainability focused thought leaders who were great privileges to learn from; many of whom were only accessible through this fantastic organization and their vast network of environmentalists. From a beautiful sunrise hike of Lion’s Head in Cape Town to spending time with the students at Tsiba college in Knysna, I would happily relive this trip in a heartbeat. I am grateful for Conservation Global and the time and energy they put in to ensure a memorable, inspiring and educational South African adventure for all involved.

Morgan Mellinger May 24th, 2016

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