THE HUNGARIAN AND SLOVAK FORESTERS BEE PROJECT

Tourism Project

Country/ies: Hungary, Slovakia
Status: Actual projects
Category: Projects for rural/local development with partial contents of sustainable tourism
Link to the Tourism Strategy: Objective 2 - Develop innovative tourism management, fully integrating the needs of local people and economies and other supporting sectors, and respecting he preservation of natural and cultural heritage
Duration of the project: 1.11.2017-31.10.2019
Objectives and results of the project:

The importance of bees is undeniable and of vital importance from the point of view of the existence of the mankind. Bees are children of the forests, belong to the original inhabitants of woods, and it was natural in the past, that foresters had bees and were breeding bees. In the Kistapolcsány Forestry of the Lesy Slovenskej republiky, š.p. bees had been kept until 1991, roughly 170 families of bees. The gradual loss of diversification of forestry, as a result of diseases and changes in forestry, breeding of bees stopped, which weakened the tradition of beekeeping and processing of bee products in the countryside. The Vértesi Erdő Zrt. by internal motivation has embraced the potential opportunities of this dying business in 2013. Today it has nearly 100 families of bees, that it has grazed on its own fields, thus ensuring the conditions of production of high quality honey. This project is a road, leading towards the renewal of medicines and beekeeping traditions ,and bringing back the positive impact of the bee families, which can positively influence the formation of youth and may raise their interest towards beekeeping. Thus the overall situation will be supported, as Europe is also struggling with the decreasing share of beekeeping, since only 60% of its need of honey is ensured.Both in the Slovak and Hungarian side a field for the bees will be „established”, where kids can be acquainted with the life of bees. To learn the additional processing works an open-air museum will be esablished in Kistapolcsány and a classroom neighbouring with a honey-and wax processing plant will be developed in Vértestolna would give a space. The young age group can get acquainted with the world of bees in the framework of lessons, lectures ,while the adult ages in the framework of free university lectures and courses.The objective is increasing biodiversity besides shaping the views of young people, and konwledge transfer.

Implementing organization / institution:

Vértesi Erdészeti és Faipari Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság, Tatabánya, Dózsakert utca 63. 2800

Project partners:

LESY Slovenskej republiky, štátny podnik

Banská Bystrica, Námestie SNP 8 975 66

Total amount of the project: 1,093,136.37 €
Financing institution(s): National, regional, local government or institutions
Name of program(s): Interreg Slovakia-Hungary
Project website: http://verteserdo.hu