Institute assesses the possibility of extending sustainable production to areas protected by International Paper
Supportive Beekeeping, a project coordinated by International Paper Institute (IIP), is getting ready to reach new heights. In addition to producing honey in planted forests, this year, forest professionals and co-op beekeepers are studying the viability of extending the installation of the beehive boxes used in honey production to Legal Reserve (LR) areas maintained by International Paper (IP).
The idea is to implement the project in 2017 if studies demonstrate the feasibility of extending the apiaries within the safety and sustainability standards required by these LRs, as is currently done in eucalyptus planted forests.
Low environmental impact – Beekeeping is considered a sustainable agricultural activity, since it relies on nature in order to exist. Contrary to other crops, it does not disrupt the environment as it takes advantage of each location’s flora and the blossoming of each species.
Once production in Legal Reserve areas is authorized, it will gain more space and diversity for pollination of the most varied species. Today, International Paper maintains nearly 26,000 acres of native forests.
THE PROJECT – Since 2011, Supportive Beekeeping has helped maintain the activities of Cooperapis, the Cooperative of the Beekeepers in the Ribeirão Preto Region, and of AAPILEME, the Association of Beekeepers of Leme and the Leme Region, which use IP’s eucalyptus forests to produce honey. Most of the cooperative and association members make their living exclusively from beekeeping while others develop the activity to earn extra income.
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