"Partnership for Sustainable Apiculture"

The project partners, Melikoleg (Romania) and FiBL (Switzerland), joined to build up a Competence Center for Sustainable Apiculture in Hamba near the city of Sibiu, an open institution for know-how transfer and exchange of experience for the Romanian beekeeping community.

The objectives comprise a strengthening of the Romanian beekeeping community, with a strong focus on the organic sector. Closing a long-lasting deficit, education and training will be provided to improve applied beekeeping practice. Beekeepers will be trained and consulted by experts in organic beekeeping and conversion, encouraging them to become or remain organic. They will be enabled to apply high-quality processing techniques as a precondition for profitable direct merchandising of their products. Finally, marketing support will aim at lasting independence from wholesale buyers and develop a greater conscience and responsibility at work.  

On-site activities will be complemented by continuous consulting support, by networking activties such as the foundation and development of a National Organic Beekeeping Association, study visits in Romania and abroad, and by creating a literature basis on hot topics of organic beekeeping, adapted to the special needs and circumstances of Romania. There will be activities dealing with related issues such as apitherapy and honeybee ecology, thus activating both beekeepers and groups of the general public.

Direct benefits for the latter also include participatory educational events such das „bee days“ for children, and guided tours on the project site for visitors from Romania and all over the world, all year round.

Please find here the timetable of envisaged activities.

The three-year project is co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the Enlarged European Union. The grant amount is 240.320,45 CHF. The own contribution of the partners amounts to 35.909,95 CHF.

For further information on the programme see:

www.swiss-contribution.ro

www.swiss-contribution.admin.ch/romania

PROJECT CO-FINANCED BY A GRANT FROM SWITZERLAND THROUGH THE SWISS CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENLARGED EUROPEAN UNION.

This website does not necessarily reflect the position of the Swiss government. Responsibility for its content lies entirely with the project partners.