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Bees, biodiversity and forest livelihoods in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

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Main Project
Project leader:
Dr Janet Seeley
Host institutions:
Keystone Foundation
Start date:
UK institutions:
University of East Anglia - International Development
Finish date:
South Asia

Project description

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This Project seeks to elucidate the interdependencies between bees, biodiversity and forest livelihoods in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR), Western Ghats, India. The indigenous bees of the mountainous NBR are known to play an important role in local livelihoods (honey hunting is part of the culture), yet the bees have not been scientifically identified or classified, their populations and distributions are unknown, and their vital role in pollination and the maintenance of forest biodiversity has not been studied. This unique Project will endeavour to combine scientific data about the status of these indigenous bees and their ecology, with participatory livelihoods analysis. This will be achieved by strengthening the research capacity of the local organisation, Keystone, working in partnership with three UK institutions, and with local indigenous communities and Forest Department staff.


Research; capacity building; training; dissemination and advocacy


Increased scientific and livelihood knowledge through research; Strengthened capacities of key institutions; Enhanced technical and professional skills in host country through training; Increased awareness and policy engagement in India and UK through dissemination and advocacy

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1. [pdf icon] application form application form 15001 140.81 KB
2. [pdf icon] 1st annual report 1st annual report 15001 136.84 KB
3. [pdf icon] 2nd annual report 2nd annual report 15001 110.66 KB
4. [pdf icon] final report final report 15001 571.47 KB
5. [pdf icon] 1st half year report 1st half year report 15001 18.71 KB
6. [pdf icon] 2nd half year report 2nd half year report 15001 53.25 KB
7. [pdf icon] 3rd half year report 3rd half year report 15001 18.93 KB
8. [pdf icon] 15-001 HY3 App1 Apimondia leaflet.pdf article 15001 2.57 MB
9. [pdf icon] 15-001 FR Ann11 Conf proceedings sample pages.pdf meeting report 15001 4.54 MB
10. [pdf icon] 15-001 FR Ann14 and 15 - The Hindu - press.pdf article 15001 1.1 MB
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