Conservation of Wild Bees in Nepal

Four out of eight species of Asian honeybees (Apis laboriosa, A. dorsata, A. florea, and A. cerana) are native to Nepal. Indigenous/wild honey bees of Nepal represent some of the last remaining populations that have not been affected by exotic diseases and predators. A. cerana has been successfully domesticated and is found in carved log hives in high hills of Nepal.

Wild bees play a vital role in pollination of mountain crops and wild flora and income for the rural people. Honey from wild honey bees is highly nutritious and is also used for medicinal purposes.

However, populations of wild honey bees are declining. Loss of habitats, scarcity of nectar and pollen sources due to changes in forest biodiversity and decline in farming of important nectar sources such as tori (Brassica rapa) are believed to have contributed to this decline.

This project is aiming to understand the status of wild honey bees in Nepal, to raise awareness on these important pollinators and to develop a strategy for conservation of wild honey bees in Nepal.

Project Details
Countries: Nepal
Working districts: Kaski, Jumla, Myagdi, Lamjung
Project Duration: 2013 - 2014
Funded by: UNEP Natcom for Korea, ETUDE HOUSE
Contact Person: Sandesh Neupane