Pioneers in Their Field
Established in 2008 and based in Siem Reap, Bees Unlimited has long been the leader in Cambodia when it comes to promoting the practices of rafter beekeeping and sustainable honey-harvesting. Early on, we also implemented a comprehensive village-based program that combined appropriate technology beekeeping with hands-on training in indigenous bee beekeeping.
Bees Unlimited, whose focus with honeybees is on rafter beekeeping and sustainable harvesting, has helped traditional honey-hunters and rafter beekeepers, and has also provided beekeeping assistance to international, non-governmental organizations, local communities, and private individuals, in Cambodia.
The bees we've worked with:
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Contact Bees Unlimited to learn how you can make a difference for good when it comes to beekeeping and sustainable honey-harvesting in Cambodia; and, while visiting Siem Reap, please don't hesitate to contact Bees Unlimited to arrange a bee tour where you can observe this unique rafter beekeeping tradition.
Bees Unlimited has not only helped steer the 60-odd rafter beekeepers of NW Cambodia away from one-cut-take-all harvesting; but we have also taken this local--and dying--tradition to yet another level, by introducing both rafter beekeeping and sustainable honey-harvesting to other communities in Cambodia.
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So much has changed in and around Siem Reap since 2008...
The forest habitat of the bees has been decimated; prime areas of bee forage have been plowed up and planted in non bee-friendly crops like black pepper and cassava; bee colonies are constantly ransacked for their brood, which is sold to and eaten by an ever-increasing local population that cares little about the environment, and even less about the importance of bees; as a result, honeybee numbers are way, way down.
These are bad times, not only for the bees but also for rafter beekeepers, and Bees Unlimited... to where our focus now is less on bees and more on our Eco Tours, albeit at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has decimated tourism in Cambodia. However, we look ahead optimistically for better days to come... and do look forward to showing you around!!
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