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Rescue of Bees

Date started: 2010 

In a partnership with STCP Engineering, we started in 2010 a new environmental management project to minimize the impacts of mining on vegetation removal.

Through the Native Bees Rescue Project we seek to establish a gene bank of the species living in the impacted areas, especially the rarer, endangered or endemic species, with a view to their reintroduction into their areas in the process of environmental reclamation.

The first stage of work is to locate and rescue the bees nests before clearing the areas to be mined. The search is made in intact trees, and after land clearing, the trees that have been felled. It is an active search process, where the entire area is carefully inspected to find the largest possible number of nests.

Located nests are georeferenced, i.e.: we set data based on their geographic location.Some bee workers from each nest are collected and mounted on entomological pins (for insects) which will then be identified.

The rescue of the previously located nests is made, preferably within the trunks of trees where they are housed. Only when this activity cannot be done in artificial wooden hives, adapted to each species. Nests in the trunks are cut with chainsaws and transported to places where they will stay permanently.

Nests that require some type of intensive management after the redemption are taken to meliponary, where they receive all necessary care until recovery.

We seek to also carry the translocation (movement) so that the nests are installed as close as possible to where they were rescued, and always in areas that are not cleared or are in the process of environmental recovery.

The nests are translocated georeferenced to enable their subsequent monitoring, which aims mainly to investigate the adaptation of the places where beehives were installed.

Although part of the project, the technical expertise to create a meliponary in Porto Trombetas. Besides the environmental aspect, the project also has a focus on economic-development: provide colonies of bee species with higher commercial potential for the development of economic activities by communities around the company.


Bees help in the recovery of the forest
Abelhas auxiliam na recuperação da floresta
Abelhas auxiliam na recuperação da floresta
Abelhas auxiliam na recuperação da floresta
Abelhas auxiliam na recuperação da floresta
Abelhas auxiliam na recuperação da floresta
Abelhas auxiliam na recuperação da floresta
Abelhas auxiliam na recuperação da floresta
Abelhas auxiliam na recuperação da floresta
Abelhas auxiliam na recuperação da floresta
Abelhas auxiliam na recuperação da floresta
Abelhas auxiliam na recuperação da floresta

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