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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Vietnam

Supporting Vietnam beekeepers to recover from devastating floods

Beekeepers in the very poor Province of Ha Tinh experienced terrible floods in October and November 2016. Livestock of all types were lost (bees, cows, pigs, hens) and people’s homes greatly damaged. Bee hives were swept away. People in this Province know beekeeping well, and rely on this source of livelihood.

They told us that if they could be assisted to replace their bees and equipment, they would be able to restore this source of livelihood within a few months. They are able to divide colonies and replace their enterprise. Beekeeping is one of the first enterprises that they can re-start quickly.

In December 2016 we launched an Appeal to help beekeepers in Ha Tinh. Generous beekeepers around the world kindly donated, and we were able to send £12,500 (US$15,770; €14,190).   This enabled our partner organisation, the Vietnam Bee Research and Development Centre (BRDC) to provide 250 Apis cerana colonies and equipment to beekeepers in two communities most badly affected by the floods.

Please see this Report by Pham Duc Hanh, Director of BRDC in response to our appeal, and images below of the processes in place.

(Images copyright BRDC)

Flood damage in Ha Tinh Province, one of the poorest areas of North Vietnam

Flood damage in Ha Tinh Province, one of the poorest areas of North Vietnam

Apis cerana colonies and bee hives destroyed 

Apis cerana colonies and bee hives destroyed 

Beekeeper Mr Hoa in Son Diem, managed to salvage this equipment

Beekeeper Mr Hoa in Son Diem, managed to salvage this equipment

The infrastructure in the area was badly damaged as a result of the floods

The infrastructure in the area was badly damaged as a result of the floods

Beehives with Apis cerana colonies prior to the handing-over ceremony

Beehives with Apis cerana colonies prior to the handing-over ceremony

The beekeepers who were most affected were selected to receive replacement bees and beehives

The beekeepers who were most affected were selected to receive replacement bees and beehives

Hives with bees, carefully unloaded

Hives with bees, carefully unloaded

Donated beehives before distribution

Donated beehives before distribution

Distribution of donated hives with indigenous Apis cerana colonies

Distribution of donated hives with indigenous Apis cerana colonies

The handing-over ceremony was attended by representatives from government, the local community and beekeepers

The handing-over ceremony was attended by representatives from government, the local community and beekeepers

A training session was held on how to position beehives to minimize the effect of storms and floods.

A training session was held on how to position beehives to minimize the effect of storms and floods.

Beekeepers' livelihoods are on the way to recovery, thanks to help received from those who donated

Beekeepers' livelihoods are on the way to recovery, thanks to help received from those who donated

Income from beekeeping is crucial for these rural families

Income from beekeeping is crucial for these rural families

How many beehives can you fit on a small motorbike?

How many beehives can you fit on a small motorbike?

Beekeepers with new hives, ready to start anew

Beekeepers with new hives, ready to start anew

The delivery of bees required careful and expert planning

The delivery of bees required careful and expert planning

Beekeeper collects hive to re-build his beekeeping livelihood

Beekeeper collects hive to re-build his beekeeping livelihood

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