Sustainable beekeeping improves the environment

We support the protection and conservation of forests to stimulate vegetation growth in conservation forests and to eradicate deforestation.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

Chege Robert

Initiative's representative date of birth


Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Tanzania

Headquarters location: city


Where are you making a difference?


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Date Started


Project Stage

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working toward the next level of expansion)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €1k - €10k

Organization Type

  • Youth-led initiative

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

In our group movement as youth, we have witnessed various instances of deforestation going on in the forest reserves in Geita city, as a visionary community group we had to reflect on how to solve this problem, as it threatens the disappearance of vegetation through deforestation for various social activities such as logging for charcoal, mining activities, etc. These events have also led to the birth of major conflicts between the community and the Tanzania Forest Service (TFS), so we were tempted to establish beekeeping in these forests because bees can assist in the protection of trees, raising and restoring lost vegetation through pollination. These are events that influenced us to start beekeeping in the Geita town forest reserve.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

We intend to solve the problem of ongoing deforestation caused by humanitarian acts, people cut down trees every day for different reasons, but in Geita city, the main cause of deforestation is charcoal, wood energy, and mining activities, logging in Geita city is exists at very high percentage away from availability of various renewable energy sources. The forest provides us with reliable rain, energy, water sources, honey, and wax, so it is important to stop deforestation and restoring trees.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Our team work well solving this problem through beekeeping, we all know that bees are environmentally friendly species that stimulate vegetation through pollination, thus leading to increase vegetation, we raise bees in the Geita City Forest reserves to help raise vegetation and restore lost vegetation through beekeeping. but we also all know the severity of bees invading their hives, so hanging hives in the trees are to protect the trees against deforestation because it is difficult for someone to cut a tree that already has a hive or to cut a tree in the middle of hives trees doing so you will be mistaken for bees and may have serious consequences to you. We do this with great care and we do other property production activities as beekeeping does not affect production activities and it does not require full-time oversight as bees protect themselves and protect their habitat. It also assures us income as honey is loved by everyone and is a diet rich in essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, and vitamins.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

In Beekeeping operations we are using modern methods to achieve this task more effectively. We use modern hives that are friendly to beekeeping. We use a designed bait that comes from the product of the bees that impresses the bees quickly and gives bees their favorite aroma that the nose of the bee can feel at longer distances, and making it easier to find bees in new hives. We raise bees differently than others because our method of capturing bees in the hive are very unique and tend to entice other citizens to join this environmentally-friendly activity. The baits we use to attract bees also distinguishes us from others so we have more confidence in protecting and preserving the forest and our approach is successful on a large scale

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

Until now the group is training the community on effective beekeeping techniques to help with the increase of beekeepers who will lead to larger areas to be protected and preserved to restore the biodiversity lost in forest resources. Our vision is to encourage communities to raise bees to increase tree protection, and to make a living through beekeeping. We have already persuaded various social groups to join beekeeping, our main goal is to help conservation but this is not only our responsibility but every citizen has a responsibility to protect and preserve the environment to make human activities coordinated well and to make the world a safe place for all. We look forward to working with the world's largest environmental organizations in the forested sector to enable us to reach our goals and to make communities more involved with beekeeping activities through our success.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

So far ten groups with a total of 78 people have supported our activity and launched this activity in the forests of the Geita reserve, a consistent result is that commercially we get the benefit of selling honey and beeswax since one hive produces up to 20 kg of honey and 3 kilograms of beeswax from 100 hives, we have so far we get 2000 kilograms of honey and 300 kg of beeswax is a huge commercial success that generates revenue for the group. for groups that we have already inspired and started this activity great progress has been achieved, some groups have 40 hives that have the capacity to produce 800 kilograms of honey and 120 kg of beeswax, thus helping themselves to get rid of poverty. The many impacts that the community gets from this beekeeping activity are positive impact as this activity increases income for the people, conserves and protects the environment, and helping to solve problems of poverty, hunger, forest degradation, and climate change.

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

We have our own strategies to achieve the goals, we have already begun to educate the community about the benefits of beekeeping within forest reserves and the community has received our training and responded positively, as having ten groups and a total of 78 convicts is a big step for us. We continue with various strategies to persuade the beekeepers to protect their own environment without forced by any authority so that even peace can exist between conservation authorities and communities, another strategy we hope to do especially if we are enabled we will establish a center to buy bee products from beekeepers and sell to the needy, this will also help communities to become more involved with beekeeping to make our environment safe.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

Our work solves a variety of social issues, bees pollinate plants and increase the quantity and quality of crops, The activity of beekeeping contributes to the establishment of bees-based industries and generates employment for the community. This activities do not require huge capital and the yield of their products is available in the short term thus helping to generate income for the community. Honey is a favorite of many people and is a diet rich in nutrients like proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, and minerals. Beekeeping helps to protect our forest against deforestation. The management of forest degradation ensures access to rainfall and water sources, energy, and give us clean

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Sustainability of our business comes from revenue that our project derives from the sale of bees products, although this income is currently little if the project will receive funding will be able to grow and have a greater capacity probably will have at least 700 hives and make many areas of forest reserves to be safe, due to one hive being able to produce 20 kg of honey and 3 kg of beeswax 700 hives will produce 14000 kg of honey and 2100 kg of beeswax whose annual income will make the project expand more. Also establishing bees product-collecting center will make the project more productive and raise more revenue where profits generated will expand and sustain the project.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

Chege Robert. Roles; president of the group, qualifications; environmentalist, full time. Daniel Wilison Kitebente Roles; secretary of the group, qualification; bee specialist, full time. Athumani Luhiso, project coordinator, experience in community development. Hawa Sinai, project accountant, expert in business management. However, as the project expands, we plan to establish a project environmentalist management board to increase efficiency in the implementation of the project.

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

12. Connection to Biodiversity: How does your project directly contributes to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity? Please share data to support your answer.

As pollinators, bees play a part in every aspect of the ecosystem. They support the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants. Bees contribute to complex, interconnected ecosystems that allow a diverse number of different species to co-exist. There is no doubting the importance of bees. Without them, our gardens would be bare and our plates empty. We should also think about environment since bee is directly contributes to biodiversity. The Researches show that 80% of all plants are pollinated by bees. This proves that bees are important to the environment as they help in increasing the quantity and quality seeds in the natural forests, as a result increasing the amount of the plants. We all know the severity of the bees invading their habitats, so hanging hives are a safeguard against deforestation because it is difficult for someone to cut an already hive tree or cut a tree in the middle of hives, doing so you will be mistaken for bees and may have serious consequences to you.

13. Example: Please walk us through one or two concrete examples that show how your solution will solve the problem you’re trying to address.

Due to the services we provide to beekeepers and the achievements of beekeepers we have encouraged, beekeepers turn to our wonderful ambassadors as they inspire other citizens to join the program as a result increasing beekeepers, increase in number of beekeepers also leading to an increase of bees in the forest, thus our vision of protecting and restoring natural vegetation in 1000 hectares of conservation forests will continue even when we will not be able to participate in some of the activities within this project. When bees breed in the forest they will carry on the process of conservation and protection of the forest in huge for generation after generation, since bees do not need daily monitoring to do this, they do it at their own discretion daily.

14. Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem in your environment? How does your proposed project differ from these other approaches?

Within our region, community responsible for conservation are groups and institutions involved in tree planting, many of them grow trees that are later cut down for woods, the conservation method of the institution and these groups are only help to restore trees in different areas, but they do not protect the trees, as well the trees they plant are not natural and so this method is also not compatible with restoring lost vegetation. Where our beekeeping system is different from their approach, it also has many benefits for the community, first is to fight lost of vegetation in the forest reserves, the second one helps protect the trees as the bees protect their own habitat, where the hives are at the top of the tree and so the bees prevent deforestation, also bee crop yields are much shorter than the trees that take 10-15 years to harvest.

15. Awards & Recognitions: What awards or recognitions, if any, has the project received so far?

The project has received project recognition from our Region commissioner office in 2019, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in Tanzania in early 2020, Tanzania Forest Service Agency (TFS) in 2018, The office of the director of Geita city council in 2018.

16. Financial Sustainability – funding breakdown: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating an estimated percentage that comes from each source.

Individual donations or gifts __10%, Corporate contributions _20%, Grants or contracts __20%, Earned income (product or services sales, licensing, franchising, consulting, financing, etc.) __50%.

17. How do you plan to influence your field of work if you are a winner of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge? How would you invest the prize money to leverage your work?

Winning this award will help us expand our project further for protecting and preserving more biodiversity. We recognize that this is a huge role, only one group cannot reach all forest reserves areas, so we have a role to mobilize communities, establish and assist other groups to implement this plan with a strong environmental management policy, since our vision is to ensure 1000 forest reserves hectors protected. The Fund will be used to raise at least 700 beehives in the forest , it will also help to establish a bee-product collecting center that will generate more income for the group and make the project sustainable, the center will also be a catalyst for the community to be more motivated to implement this program, through elimination of bee product market problem after harvest honey and provide a wide range of services and assistance to beekeepers, also beekeepers will become our ambassadors in the community to help us involve the largest community in the conservation program.


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Caro Chege Robert,
Fico feliz em saber que em Tanzania existem pessoas preocupadas com a preservação ambiental e que estão fazendo algo inspirador. Parabéns

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Dear Sebastião Alves
Thanks for your Response

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