Sri Lanka · 20 August 2020 · Dilmah Conservation Launches Sustainable Beekeeping
As Tea Growers, Dilmah Tea was founded on the knowledge of its enduring connection to the land (Sri Lanka) and the surrounding communities in which it operates. Dilmah Conservation is a symbol of Dilmah’s comprehensive commitment to minimizing its impact on the planet, to fostering respect for the environment and ensuring its protection by encouraging a harmonious co-existence of man and nature and the sustainable use of the environment.
On International Bee Day 2020, Dilmah Conservation launched ‘Bee a Keeper: Sustainable Apiculture for the Conservation of Bees’, an initiative that now functions through six identified hubs across Sri Lanka. This project aims to raise awareness on the value of sustainable beekeeping, evaluate the present status of wild bee populations, study the chemistry of honey variants and create replicable beekeeping models to uplift communities and improve livelihoods.
With a decline in bee populations, there has been a surge of research focusing on the drivers of bee decline and the impacts on provisioning ecosystem services. The One Earth Centre for Climate Change Research by Dilmah Conservation functions as the project’s research hub. The research done includes wild bee surveys, to collate the effects of habitat loss, pesticide use, the proliferation of parasites, availability and diversity of forage, and the effects of climate change on bee populations in Sri Lanka.
Read more on this initiative, here: https://pressroom.dilmahtea.com/news-about-dilmah/dilmah-conservation-launches-sustainable-apiculture-for-the-conservation-of-bees–582.html
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