PROGRAM: Bee-keeping project
ORGANISATION: Wildlife Research and Conservation Society (WRCS)
FOCUS AREA: Conservation, Rural, Community, Women
Specific objective: To support environmentally friendly livelihoods that will reduce the need to cut trees.
The Indian Western Ghats, are widely recognised and renowned for their biodiversity. Its rich forests are home to several rare and endangered species. Private forests face the dangers of fire and tree cutting because of which they are often found in a degraded state. Due to poor economic conditions, local people cut trees on their land regularly for short-term monetary gains and extensive areas have been converted to bushy vegetation.
Bee keeping provided a much-needed additional source of income to the community, generating self-employment, especially among women.