Our apiculture program that creates alternative incomes and incentivizes mangrove forest conservation has now come to full fruition! Our original village of Nai Nang, in conjunction with MAP, was able to successfully train an additional two villages in beekeeping, and those two new villages - Bang Kang Khao & Klong Lu - have now begun apiculture programs of their own.
The apiculture groups in each village have constructed their own beekeeping boxes, which bees have already begun colonizing. Nai Nang has already received over 450 visitors in 2019 who come to see the program in action - and they are now able to pass on their knowledge to other groups. They have also been so successful at selling their honey and the associated products that they have agreed to buy all of the honey from the other villages in the program to then sell, and have begun assisting other groups in their own marketing.
As part of the program, each apiculture group also participates in mangrove conservation efforts at least once a month - ranging from trash cleanup to organizing an environmental education at the community school.
MAP has been working with a network of villages on it's "Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration" method and program, and the apiculture program has allowed the diffrent villages and groups to collectively come together and also share their own experiences with mangrove restoration. This is the start of something, where disparate villages can pool their knowledge and efforts, increasing each's capacity to carry out mangrove conservation and restoration.
We want to say thank you to all of you who made the continuation and culmination of this project possible - it demonstrates well the ability of livelihood and grassroots efforts to help with effective environmental conservation, and hope that it can serve as a model for other communities in other project areas around the globe!
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