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

My week spent on Gondwana Game Reserve with Conservation Global was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I was fortunate enough to travel to South Africa with Franklin University Switzerland on academic travel in the spring of 2015. Bonding with the staff and learning about the animals in their natural environment made for one incredible week. Each day was filled with activities and lectures that were as entertaining as they were educational. As a group we had a lecture in the morning either from a member of the knowledge staff or from a local expert. We learned about native bee populations and were treated to honey samples from the region and were given a demonstration on the practice of tagging and tracking animals on the reserve. Perhaps the most memorable was when we were taught how to properly handle a tranquilizer gun and had a competition to see who could get a bullseye! After the morning lecture, the group would split up for the safari in which the staff took great care to make sure we saw as many animals as possible. Later in the afternoon we would regroup for a drink and to admire the scenery. I have the utmost respect for Conservation Global and the work they are doing—hoping to return to South Africa soon!

Solange Pittet March 1st, 2015

Conservation Global organized a dually educational and adventurous experience across South Africa. As a student I was able to learn more about apartheid and its effects on the nation from prominent political leaders. Also, I was able to better understand the needs and efforts of conservationists across the area to protect some of the worlds most endangered animals. From finding dolphins in the Indian Ocean, cage diving with great whites, and spotting lions on the game reserve, this experience reestablished the necessity in myself to protect our wild lands across the globe. If we do not protect them, who will?

Anna Hixson March 25th, 2015

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