Development of beekeeping in the communities adjacent to "Juniper Open Woodlands of Sevan" State Sanctuary
Development of beekeeping in the communities adjacent to "Juniper Open Woodlands of Sevan" State Sanctuary
“Bee-keeping” Bee-master Association of Vardenis emphasizes the role of creating bee farms thus contributing to the apiculture development in the region.
The proposed project plans to promote beekeeping development in Vardenis and Chambarak districts of Gegharkunik region. The project area includes communities adjacent to "Juniper Open Woodlands of Sevan" State Sanctuary (Jil, Pambak, Daranak and Tsapatagh).
Having a successful previous experience in beekeeping development, the Association proposes to set up 10 bee families in each project community (total 40 bee families). Beehives located nearby the state sanctuary will greatly contribute to the biological functioning of the Juniper Open Woodlands and, serving as a source of pollinators for nearby cultivated lands, increase yield of crops. Besides, the project will contribute to improvement of the local livelihoods by introducing beekeeping as a viable income generating alternative to cattle breeding. The establishment of bee farms will generate sustainable income to the project communities and contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.
The overall objective of the project is to promote beekeeping as biodiversity conservation tool in the communities around "Juniper Open Woodlands of Sevan" State Sanctuary and promote the improvement of agro-ecosystem services of “Lake Sevan” National Park and adjacent areas.
The direct project beneficiaries are 40 farmers/households from 4 project communities, however around 200 community members will be involved in the project capacity building activities.
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Project Snapshot

“Bee-keeping” bee-master association of Vardenis
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 35,281.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 19,027.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 10,550.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
As part of the capacity building component of the project, the experienced bee-farmers and bee-keepers of “Bee-keeping” Bee-master Association of Vardenis will hold seminars, practical training courses on general principles of apiculture as well as on beekeeping benefits. The organic consulting group of SHEN NGO (the project partner) will train the stakeholders on organic production and basic principles of organic bee farming. Informational and knowledge materials will be prepared and distributed by the project.Professional calendar for beekeepers will be published and distributed in Vardenis and Chambarak regions. A TV program on the project activities will be broadcast by regional television which will increase the awareness and interest towards the apiculture among the farmers.
Policy Impact
Development of beekeeping around "Juniper Open Woodlands of Sevan" State Sanctuary is a viable alternative livelihood opportunity which will mitigate negative impact on habitats and biodiversity and contribute to improvement of the ecosystem functioning of the area. The project initiative well fits into Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan on CBD and National Action Plan on UNCCD, as well as in harmony of the national Targets and MDG 1; 2; 3; 7 and 8.
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Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 20
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 800
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 300
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 360



Grantee Contact

Ms. Lyuba Manukyan
Phone: 374269 2 49 34
Fax: 374269 2 47 90


3 Yeritasardutyan St, room 4
Vardenis , Gegharkunik , 1601

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