Beyond the Hive: Beekeeping and Global Challenges

43rd Apimondia Congress Scientific Program

Our Organizing Committee proposes to include to the 43rd Apimondia Congress Program a scientifi c conference titled Beyond the Hive: Beekeeping and Global Challenges. We believe that in today’s dynamic and globalized world the beekeeping science must reach beyond the narrow scope of our fi eld and take as active part as possible in searching for the ways to solve the key problems which the mankind faces today: environmental pollution and exhaustion of natural resources, poverty and social inequality, cultural barriers, pandemics, and diseases of human civilization. Having cognized one of the greatest wonders of nature, bee family and its products, we now have to think how we can use their miraculous power to make our world better.

We propose to use the Agenda XXI (http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/documents/agenda21/), a fundamental document of the United Nations which deals with all main problems which the humanity faces at the turn of our century and proposes the ways of solving these problems based on the sustainable development concept, as the basis and guideline for our scientifi c work. Article 27 of this document: Strengthening the role of non-governmental organizations: partners for sustainable development outlines the main areas of cooperation among different international public organizations (including Apimondia) trying to fi nd solutions of the global problems and develop integrated programs of stable development. Based on this paragraph of the Agenda xxi, we suggest to develop offi cial proposals of cooperation from the world beekeeping community and send these proposals to the United Nations in form of an open letter from the Apimondia. It will be an outcome of scientifi c work of the Congress participants. Content of the open letter will be discussed at the round table which will top the scientifi c conference.

The proposed concept of the conference introduces a number of proposals and specifi cs into programs of each scientifi c section. A preliminary list of these specifi cs can be found in the draft scientifi c program below.

In addition, we propose to include another scientifi c section to the 43rd Congress Program: Social and Cultural Aspects of Beekeeping. This will give managers of beekeeping associations – Apimondia members a chance, along with scientists, to voice their opinion and exchange experience, and also jointly fi nd solutions of the contemporary issues and establish new areas of cooperation which is one of the priority goals of the Apimondia.

Recommended subjects and areas of study of each section

Beekeeping Economy:

  • Opportunities offered by beekeeping to accelerate stable development of developing countries (jointly with the Beekeeping for Rural Development)
  • Beekeeping: combating poverty (jointly with the Beekeeping for Rural Development)
  • Beekeeping products within the consumption structure
  • Environmental and development issues of making economic decisions in the beekeeping
  • Beekeeping as part of global economy
  • Comprehensive approach to and interdepartmental cooperation in planning and distributing natural resources for beekeeping

Bee Biology:

  • Finding parameters of bee organism which may help in diagnosing environmental conditions and identifying potential hazards
  • Preserving local and native bee populations
  • Beekeeping to preserve biological diversity
  • Use of ecologically safe biotechnologies in beekeeping

Bee Health:

  • Environmental impact on bee health
  • Radiation and bee health
  • Ecologically safe bee treatment methods
  • ccd and other phenomena of bee family pathologies in light of today’s ecological hazards
  • Effect of pesticides and other toxic substances on bee health

Pollination and Bee Flora:

  • Bee pollination as a method of preserving fragile ecosystems
  • Using beekeeping practices in combating deforestation and spread of deserts
  • Impact of contemporary ecological problems on melliferous flora of different regions of the Earth

Beekeeping Technology and Quality:

  • Organic beekeeping: marketing myth or way into future?
  • Impact of main factors of environmental pollution on quality of beekeeping products
  • Ecologically safe technologies in beekeeping
  • Harmonization of beekeeping product quality standards in market globalization conditions
  • Beekeeping as a source of ideas for ecologically clean technologies

Apitherapy:

  • Beekeeping products as an element of healthy lifestyle
  • Beekeeping and human healthcare and health improvement: comprehensive health-improvement programs
  • Using apitherapy to treat cancer and aids
  • Apitherapy and social diseases: tuberculosis, alcoholism, drug addiction, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
  • Apitherapy and diseases of human civilization

Beekeeping for Rural Development:

  • Beekeeping as an integrating element for stable development of agrarian sector
  • Beekeeping as a method of supporting stable agricultural economy and rural development
  • Integrated approach to beekeeping resource planning
  • Opportunities offered by beekeeping to accelerate stable development of developing countries (jointly with the Beekeeping Economy)
  • Beekeeping: combating poverty (jointly with the Beekeeping Economy)

Social and Cultural Aspects of Beekeeping:

  • Preserving and studying beekeeping culture and traditions of different peoples
  • Mechanisms of cooperation between beekeepers’ associations of different countries
  • Administration of beekeepers’ associations and communication with beekeeper members
  • Experience of cooperation between beekeepers’ associations and government
  • Cooperation with other non-governmental organizations and scientifi c research institutions
  • Education in beekeeping Proposals concerning development of the Apimondia

WORDS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE APIMONDIA FEDERATION GILLES RATIA

DEAR UKRAINIAN COLLEAGUES,

Dear beekeepers worldwide,

Gilles Ratia

Having an honour to lead Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations from 2009, I would like to underline  the importance of the International Apimondia Congress to be held in Kyiv from September 29 till October 4, 2013 for the Apimondia Federation. 

I have great memories of my visits to Ukraine in 2009 and 2011. Even despite of that fact that it was the 111th country I had visited during my traveling over the beekeeping world and it had left a deep and lasting impression on me . Unique beekeeping culture and traditions together with the great commercial and scientific potential of the beekeeping industry put Ukraine next to the most important beekeeping nations

However, Ukrainian beekeeping industry was rather unknown to the international community. Only in the last five years, thanks to efficient efforts of the NGO “Brotherhood of Ukrainian Beekeepers” Apimondia Federation and beekeeper’s community had an opportunity to discover the great and unique Ukrainian Honeyland.

Apimondia is holding the International Apicultural Congresses since 1895, along with numerous conferences and symposiums around the world. For more than a century a scope of these activities went far beyond the narrow beekeeping subjects. We believe that our work helps to accelerate cultural and scientific exchange among nations, establish effective and mutual cooperation between businesses, researchers and NGOs and to promote the harmony between man and nature.

International Apimondia Congress held in Kyiv is going to be an important event for Ukraine to strengthen its image as a global business and scientific partner, to establish new economic and cultural relations and to present Ukraine as an important part of European agriculture, food and pharmaceutical industries. Today Apimondia is experiencing important changes that will be implemented on the XXXXIII International Apimondia Congress.  The forward-looking theme of the Scientific Conference – Beyond the Hive: Beekeeping and Global Challenges that has an aim to strengthen our cooperation with the United Nations. The historic act of recognizing of the western honey bees or European honey bees (Apis mellifera) as the species under threat of extinction is also going to be signed in Kyiv.  

Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations is supporting the Organizing Committee of the XXXXIII International Apimondia Congress in this important historical mission of preparation and holding the Apimondia Congress in Ukraine. The Executive Commission of the Apimondia Federation as a part of the Organizing Committee performs its functions fully for the future development of the Congress and  beekeeping industry in Ukraine and worldwide.

Gilles Ratia
The President of Apimondia Federation

The Venue & Professional Organizer

The International Exhibition Centre is the biggest expo building in Ukraine combining three premium-class pavilions into unified architectural ensemble with 58,000 square meters of total area, including 28,018 square meters of exhibition area, which engineering capability allows realizing of the most daring exhibition projects and holding of events of different scale and levels of complexity.

The integrated facility complies with all up-to-date requirements towards the buildings of that kind:

The three expo-blocks have 15 gates to deliver bulky cargo directly to the exhibition halls. There is a congress-hall and fourteen conference halls with capacity from 90 up to 600 places, negotiation rooms, premises for valuables and arms keeping, cafes and fast food restaurants, WCs, checkrooms, air conditioning system. Convenient driveways lead to parking lots for 2500 cars.

Technical equipment satisfies any demands of exhibition operators and organizers of different events in terms of both design solutions and services. The exhibition halls can be easily divided by mobile partition walls into isolated rooms to stage several events at one and the same time.

Floors can bear extremely high loadings and 25 meters from the floor up to frame works make it possible to deliver bulky cargoes by means of powerful crane trucks, enable the erection of 2- and 3-storey booths and various exhibition constructions.

Each exhibitor and organizer of events can be provided with water and power supply and drainage, Internet access, direct phone number, telecommunication systems with simultaneous translation into appropriate language, office accommodations, banking and many other services. In general, there is nothing impossible for the International Exhibition Centre that does not breach the law and safety measures.

The integrated facility is advantageously situated five minutes walk from Livoberezhna underground station at Brovarsky Avenue and only some stops by metro or 10 minutes away from the centre of the city. It also has good connection with Boryspil International Airport lying at 27 km distance. Direct underground connection will help our exhibitors, participants of events and guests to get to the International Exhibition Centre from the railway station. There are 3 and 4 star hotels Tourist, Adria, Slavutich and Bratislava nearby, where the IEC booking service will always reserve a required number of accommodations.

Professional team of International Exhibition Centre (192 employees, together with contracting organizations – nearly 300 people) has good experience of organizing of international forums. Particularly IEC took part in the following events:

V European Ministerial Conference ‘Environment for Europe’ (21–23 may 2003, participants – ministries of ecology and 18 international organizations from 55 countries).

  • Executive Assembly of the World Energy Council (10–12 September 2003, delegations from energy ministries of 65 countries – 344 participants, 102 accredited representatives of mass-media).
  • VII European Ministerial Conference on the Mass Media Policy (8–12 march 2005, governmental delegations from 44 countries), for the high standard of this forum International Exhibition Centre was granted a special certificate of the Council of Europe.
  • II Kyiv International Book Fair (11–14 may 2006).
  • International Mediaforum ‘Ukraine of the World’s Information Map’ (14–16 november 2006).
  • VIII European Conference of Ministers responsible for Migration Affairs (4–5 September 2008, governmental delegations of 40 countries – members of the Council of Europe and observers from 20 world countries).

For the high performance level of VII European Ministerial Conference on the Mass Media Policy and VIII European Conference of Ministers responsible for Migration Affairs International Exhibition Centre was twice granted a special certificate of the Council of Europe.

106 journalists presenting the leading overseas and almost all domestic central, local and branch editions were accredited at the Press Centre of the International Exhibition Centre to cover these events. The government delegations from 44 countries took part in the 7th European Ministerial Conference on Mass Media Policy held under the auspices of the Council of Europe. Vice-Prime-Minister of Ukraine Mr. Mykola Tomenko headed its plenary sessions. The International Exhibition Centre was granted a special certificate of the Council of Europe for the high standard of this event.

Today the IEC also organizes several prestigious exhibition events of its own. Most of them are supported by respective ministries, departments, associations, and international forums are held under the auspices of the Government of Ukraine and with participation of top state executives, who admitted the high level of these events more than once.

In particular, these are annual wide-scaled international forums such as: ‘Arms and Security’ (weapons, protection facilities and special-purpose engineering), ‘Fuel and Energy Complex of Ukraine: the Present and the Future’, ‘AgroForum’ (technologies and equipment, farming machinery, provender milling and veterinary science), ‘Protection Technologies’ (any emergency warning and elimination facilities), ‘CommunTech’ (engineering technologies and equipment for municipal economy), ‘Aqua-Ukraine’ (a unique forum that embraces the demonstration of up-to-date means and technologies of water prospecting, recovery, treatment and supply, along with a broad scientific and applied program on the issues of water storage and protection, water supply industry legal provision and other urgent problems).

Now IEC is the organizer of the most significant exhibition event of machine-building industry of Ukraine – ‘International Industrial Forum’, which was approved by UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry).

During the process of operation the company has found and still continues to find reliable partners such as Ministry of Fuel and Power Engineering of Ukraine, Ministry of Industrial Policy of Ukraine, Ministry of Ukraine in Charge of Emergencies and People Protection Against the Consequences of Chernobyl Disaster, the State Committee of Ukraine for Technical Regulation and Consumer Policy, etc.

In October 2005, at the 72nd Congress of UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) the IEC entered this authoritative organization in two categories at once: ‘Expocentre’, and ‘Trade Fair Organizer’. This approves high recognition level of International Exhibition Centre and proficiency level of its employees.

Some statistics:

  • today the IEC is three exhibition pavilions with total area of 58,000 sq. m.:
  • 1st hall: 10,564 sq. m,
  • 2nd hall: 6,600 sq. m,
  • 3rd hall: 10,854 sq. m;
  • sixteen entrance groups and fifteen groups for transport (to deliver large dimension cargoes directly to pavilions);
  • headway height (from the floor up to frame works) from 14 to 25 m with sideway height from 8 to 9.5 m;
  • voltage supply of 220 V and 380 V;
  • up-to-date ventilation and air conditioning system;
  • vast storage facilities, elevators and loading transport access capability;
  • post, telephone, Internet, service centre, banking services;
  • premises for valuables and arms keeping;
  • banks;
  • conference rooms, press centre;
  • restaurants, cafe, snack bars, shops;
  • offices, cloak rooms, lavatories;
  • parking lot;
  • convenient road interchange;
  • immediate proximity to hotels Tourist, Adria, Bratislava,  Slavutitch, Salute, Kyiv, The Natsionalny Hotel, Dnipro, Khreschatik.

Spheres of Activity:

Granting on lease exhibition areas to organize fairs, conferences, presentations, shows etc;

  • Organizing of international exhibitions, congresses, symposia, conferences and presentations.

IEC Services:

exhibition stands (including exclusive stands) design and construction;

  • exhibition complex areas renting for exhibitions, conferences, presentations, shows, concerts, etc. holding;
  • renting of conference-halls for meetings, workshops, master classes, conferences holding etc.;
  • organizing and holding of national and international exhibitions, conferences, congresses, symposia, presentations;
  • technical support of events (water supply and waste water draining, power supply);
  • all types of telecommunications;
  • technical support of simultaneous interpretation;
  • upstairs work & decorating placement;
  • advertising support ;
  • booking of hotel rooms;
  • services of interpreters (consequent and simultaneous interpretation, escorting interpreters);
  • services of exhibition staff, promoters and models;
  • catering (restaurant, cafes, bars);
  • transport services;
  • parking services;
  • cultural program.

DEVELOPMENT

Tuesday, 1 October

TimeAuthorCo-author(s)TopicCountry
14:30-14:50Yurij RiphyakThe Swarming Industry: study of the unique structure of Ukraine’s beekeeping branch, it’s origin and stagnant stabilityUkraine
14:50-15:10Vladimir AfanasenkoSergej Gnatuk, Alexandr PapchenkoTHE ROLE OF BEEKEEPING IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN LUGANSK REGION IN UKRAINEUkraine
15:10-15:30Ali Nihat GökyigitÜmit Yasar Gürses, Ahmet Inci, Irfan KandemirIMPACT OF ANG FOUNDATION’S CAUCASIAN HONEYBEE RESEARCH ON TURKISH BEEKEEPINGTurkey
15:30-15:50ASLI ÖZKIRIMLEVENT AYDIN, ÖMÜR GENÇAY ÇELEMLİ, CENGİZ ERKAN, FERAT GENÇ, TURAN KARADENİZ, MUSTAFA NECATİ MUZ, DEVRİM OSKAY, AYGÜN SCHIESSER, KADRİYE SORKUN, BAHRİ YILMAZTHE SUSTAINABLE UPDATE PROGRAMME FOR TURKISH BEEKEPERS’ KNOWLEDGE AND ITS POSITIVE FEEDBACKS FROM THE FIELDTurkey
15:50-16:10Meral KekeçoğluLOCAL HONEY BEE SPURS ENTREPRENEURIAL BUZZTurkey
16:10-16:30Nizar HaddadJuergen TautzHOBOS (HONEY BEE ONLINE STUDIES) A TOOL FOR EDUCATION AND CROSS CULTURAL DIALOGUEJordan
16:30-17:00Break
17:00-17:20Yevdokiya KhanbekovaLyudmila RubtsovaHISTORY, CURRENT STATE, PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS FOR APICULTURE DEVELOPMENT IN AZERBAIJANAzerbaijan
17:20-17:40Janice fraserFORGOTTON SPECIESGuyana
17:40-18:00Janet LoworeTHE ROLE OF PRIVATE TRADERS IN PRO-POOR HONEY TRADEUK
18:00-18:20Rafael CalderonBEEKEEPING PROJECT FOR WOMEN WITH AFRICANIZED HONEY BEES IN TWO RURAL AREAS OF COSTA RICACosta Rica
18:20-18:40Rhone FannyEric Maire, Dominique Laffly, Gérard Briane, Sylvie Guillerme, Virginie BrittenCONTRIBUTION OF THE LANDSCAPE STRUCTURE HETEROGENEITY AND THE TREE COMPONENT TO MAINTAIN AGRICULTURAL BIODIVERSITY AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT: THE HONEYBEE CASE IN THE AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPE IN THE GERS DEPARTMENT (SOUTH-WEST OF FRANCE).France
18:40-19.00Madeleine ChagnonCULTIVATION OF MELLIFEROUS PLANTS TO IMPROVE HONEYBEE COLONY HEALTH AND PRODUCTIVITY WHILE PROVIDING VALUABLE CROPS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHORT FOOD CHAINS AND RURAL DEVELOPMENTCanada

Wednesday, 2 October

TimeAuthorCo-author(s)TopicCountry
9:00-9:40Thomas D. SeeleyHoney Bees in the WildUSA
9:40-10:00Harriet EelesBEEKEEPING IN SUPPORT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT: THEORY VERSUS REALITY IN CHILEChile
10:00-10:20Illia RosenthalLIFE’S FEAST – REDISCOVERING OUR SOUL FOODItaly
10:20-10:40Garcia FloresMaría Reyna Hernández ColoradoTHE NATIVE BEE MESOAMERICA (SCAPTOTRIGONA MEXICANA) ELEMENT BIOCULTURAL OF TOTONACAPANMexico
10:40-11:20Break
11:20-11:40M.S. ReddySTEPHEN PETERSENNOMINATING THE BEE TREES OF RAMAGOVINDAPURA AS THE WORLD’S FIRST INSECT WORLD HERITAGE SITEIndia
11:40-12:00OM PAL CHAUDHARYHOW SUSTAINABLE IS APIS MELLIFERA BEEKEEPING UNDER CHANGING ENVIRONMENT IN INDIAIndia
12:00-12:20Monica BarlowBEESWAX – A PRECIOUS RESOURCE WITH FORM, FUNCTION AND VALUEUK
12:20-12:40Elizabeth StephenSTUDIES ON POPULATION TRENDS OF VESPA SPP. PREDACIOUS ON HONEYBEE COLONIES IN PAKISTANPakistan
12:40-13:00Lotta Fabricius KristiansenDEVELOPMENT OF APIS CERANA BEEKEEPING WITH ETHNIC MINORITIES AND SMALL FARMERS IN RURAL AREAS OF VIETNAM, 2009-2012Vietnam
13:00-14:30Lunch

Thursday, 3 October

TimeAuthorCo-author(s)TopicCountry
9:00-9:20Siriwat WongsiriORGANIC HONEY OF THAILANDThailand
9:20-9:40SAIDI ABBESTHE TUNISIAN EXPERIENCE IN ORGANIC BEEKEEPINGTunisia
9:40-10:00Viacheslav TsuprykovGrygoriy Rybachev, Ruslan Nesterenko, Ruslan RudenkoFOR SAVE THE BEES WE NEED TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY, AS WELL AS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE VALUE AND PRICES OF HONEY. ENVIRONMENTAL PILOT PROJECT “SAVE THE BEES – REVIVE THE LOST WORLD OF KOLODNA”Ukraine
10:00-10:20Elizabeth StephenNoor IslamPAK-GERMAN REHABILITATION INITIATIVE OF FLOOD AFFECTED BEEKEEPERS OF 2010 IN KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA PROVINCE PAKISTANPakistan
10:20-10:40Muhammad R. Ja’afar-FuroDYNAMICS OF POVERTY, AFFORESTATION AND BEEKEEPING IN NORTHERN NIGERIA: CONCERNS FOR POLICYMAKERNigerai
10:40-11:20Break
11:20-11:40Stephen MsemoINSTITUTIONALIZING BEEKEEPING CAMPS IN PROTECTED AREAS FOR CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT – A CASE STUDY IN NYAHUA MBUGA FOREST RESERVE IN TANZANIATanzania
11:40-12:00Dickson BiryomumaishoMable Charity NamalaBEEKEEPING REVALUATION IN UGANDAUganda
12:00-12:20Miguel Vilas-BoasDr. Mª João Sousa, João Casaca, Manuel Gonçalves, Adão Rodrigues, Filomeno Barbosa, Manuel Almeida,BEEKEEPING IN WEST AFRICA: A TOOL TO FIGTH AGAINTS POVERTY AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN GUINEA-BISSAUGuinea Bissau
12:20-12:40MILIND WAKODEECONOMIC IMPROVEMENT OF THE TRIBAL COMMUNITY OF MELGHAT, MAHARASHTRA THROUGH CONSERVATION OF APIS DORSATAIndia
12:40-13:00A. ARMAND PARAÏSOANTHONIN SOSSOU, DAOUDA IZ-HAQUOU, ROSAINE NÉRICE YEGBEMEY, AMBALIOU SANNIPERCEPTIONS AND ADAPTATIONS OF BEEKEEPERS AND HONEY HUNTERS TO CLIMATE CHANGE: THE CASE OF THE COMMUNES OF NATITINGOU AND TANGUIETA IN NORTHWEST OF BENINBenin
13:00-14:30Lunch

Euro 2012 – Total City Renovation

The key event will have serious impact on the course of preparation and to organization of the 2013 Apimondia Congress in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv is preparation to and co-hosting of the final tournament of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship by Ukraine.

Pursuant to Decree of the President of Ukraine No 389/2007 of 8 May 2007 On Ensuring Preparation to and Co-Hosting of the Final Tournament of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship by Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has developed an Action Plan for 2007–2012 concerning preparation to and co-hosting of the final tournament of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship by Ukraine. This plan includes a number of projects implementation of which will ensure that all participants of the 2013 Apimondia Congress are provided with better and more comfortable conditions of staying in Ukraine’s capital, in particular:

  • Acceleration of construction, reconstruction, and better organization of various objects of tourism industry and hotel infrastructure in Kyiv and also in Odesa and Lviv included to post- and pre-tours, in order to bring these objects into conformity with world standards and put them into operation by 2012. In particular, 38 new hotels are scheduled for opening by 2012 inclusively, including 8 five-star, 15 four-star, and 15 three-star hotels. The 2013 Apimondia Congress will be held in the city with excellent conditions for accommodation, work, and leisure of thousands of foreign guests.
  • Development of the tourism development plan for 2008 – 2012 in order to create favorable conditions to meet demands of foreign delegates and tourists. In particular, the Theater at Podil and Theater at Troyeshchyna will be built, and the Drama and Comedy Theater at the Left Bank will be renovated. The plan also includes establishment of the Museum of the Sixtiers and the Ivan Franko Museum.
  • Ensuring proper functioning of the transportation infrastructure and airports, increase of the scope and improvement of quality of transportation services. Work continues on reducing the number of traffic jams and increasing traffic capacity of Kyiv roads, which includes reconstruction of thoroughfares and five main squares of the city, procurement of new rolling stock, improvement and expansion of Kyiv Metro system to ensure better servicing of the city centre, construction of 220-km Metro belt line which is expected to be completed by 2012, and in addition, construction of railroad connecting the city with the Boryspil International Airport.
  • Ensuring safety and public order in Kyiv.

The first-priority areas of investment as part of preparation of Ukraine’s capital to the Euro 2012 are: transportation infrastructure (62.9% of the total amount of financing of the Target Municipal Program); hotel infrastructure (19.6%); and communal and utilities services (9.4%). Total amount of investments which Ukraine plans to receive to improve its infrastructure as part of preparation for the Euro 2012 will exceed EUR 16 billion.

History

The nation’s modern history began with that of the East Slavs. From at least the IX century, the territory of Ukraine was a centre of the medieval East Slavic civilization. This state, known as the Kievan Rus’ became the largest and most powerful nation in Europe, but disintegrated in the XII century. From the XIV century on, the territory of Ukraine was divided among a number of regional powers, and by the XIX century, the largest part of Ukraine was integrated into the Russian Empire, with the rest under Austro-Hungarian control. After a chaotic period of incessant warfare and several attempts at independence (1917–21) following World War I and the Russian Civil War, Ukraine emerged in 1922 as one of the founding republics of the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic’s territory was enlarged westward shortly before and after World War II, and again in 1954 with the Crimea transfer. In 1945, the Ukrainian SSR became one of the co-founding members of the United Nations. Ukraine became independent again after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. This began a period of transition to a market economy, in which Ukraine was stricken with an eight year recession. But since then, the economy has been experiencing a stable increase with GDP growth averaging 24 percent annually.

Top 3 Tourist Atractions

Lviv

Lviv, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, was founded in the mid XIII century as the capital of a powerful Eastern European state – the Principality of Galicia-Volhynia. Thanks to its unique geographic location at the intersection of main trade routes between the West and the East, during XV–XVII centuries Lviv becomes a leading trade center of Eastern Europe and the largest city in the territory of present-day Ukraine in which people representing all nationalities of the Old World live together and form their communities. Being part of European cultural medium for over half a millennium, Lviv transformed into a true architectural gem and a centre of book publishing, artisanship and arts.

In the XVIII–XX centuries Lviv (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) becomes known as a city of technical innovations: in particular, the first university in Ukraine, the Jesuit Academy was founded here, the first periodical newspaper in Ukraine, weekly Gаzette de Leopol was published here, the first Ukrainian political organization, the Supreme Rus Council was founded in Lviv, and pharmacists Johann Zeg and Ignacio Lukasewicz who worked in Lviv’s Under the Golden Star pharmacy have invented the world’s first kerosene (oil) lamp, and many other things.

Today, Lviv is the only city in Ukraine which has preserved medieval planning layout of its central part; the city has over 2,000 architectural landmarks which represent all architectural styles and many different peoples and which can tell the history of foundation and development of the city and the country.

The Ensemble of the Historic Center of Lviv is inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, which became an international recognition of Lviv’s uniqueness.

Walking around Lviv, one can’t but fall in love with the unique and majestic beauty of the city. Everybody, regardless of where he came from, will always find something appealing to him and will surely want to come back to Lviv again and again.

Kamianets-Podilskyi

Kamianets-Podilskyi is a city that preserved the spirit of the Middle Ages. Here, you can visit one of the largest fortification complexes in Europe, the fortress which became one of the most important landmarks in world history of fortification architecture. According to old chronicles, the stone fortress was built by Lithuanian princes Koriatovych who ruled Podolia in the 1360’s–1390’s.

The 121-ha Old Town functions as a unique complex separated from the rest of the city by deep Smotrych River canyon.

The Old Town architecture features many examples of culture of different peoples (Ukrainians, Poles, Armenians, Turks, and Russians) and religions (Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim): XVII century Turkish minaret; XVII century Turkish and Armenian bastions; XIV century St. Nicholas (Armenian) Church; XVIII century wooden Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; XV–XVIII century Dominican and Franciscan monasteries.

Thanks to the unique combination of town planning, architectural, and historical heritage of the Old Town with the landscape of the Smotrych River canyon the Cultural Canyon Landscape was nominated as candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage List.

National Dendrological Park ‘Sofiyivka’

The National Dendrological Park ‘Sofiyivka’ of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine located in Uman, Cherkasy Oblast is one of the most outstanding examples of world landscape garden design of the late XVIII–first half of the XIX century.

The Sofiyivsky Park was founded in 1796 by rich Polish magnate Count Stanislaw Potocki and named after his beautiful Greek wife Sofia, and was presented to her on her angel’s day in May 1802.

The idea of creating a romantic-style park with elements of Greek and Roman mythology belonged to Sofia herself. Wonderful landscape, exotic plants, antique sculptures, lakes, cascades, fountains, stone grottos – all this opens before the eyes of visitors to the park. For over 200 years this masterpiece of garden and park art impresses the visitors with its sunning beauty. Tourist season in Uman lasts around the year, and the park is crowded with visitors both in summer and in winter.

Economy

Ukraine is a country with developed scientific and industrial base and a member of the World Trade Organization (since 16 May 2008). Ukrainian economy includes such industries as heavy engineering, ferrous and nonferrous metallurgy, shipbuilding, bus, truck, car, tractor and other agricultural machinery, locomotive, lathe, turbine, aviation engine and airplane, power plant equipment production, oil, gas, and chemical industry, etc. Also, Ukraine is a big electricity producer. The whole number of sectors of Ukrainian economy boasts high technology level of development. Ukraine manufactures rocket launch vehicles, space satellites, and space research equipment, plus a wide range of military hardware: tanks, military transport aircraft, surface-to-air missile systems, and optical equipment.

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For many years TENTORIUM® has implemented projects aimed at the development of beekeeping: “Agrofranchise. The Development of Beekeeping”- business-offer concerning organization of apiaries, arranging the opening of 30 specialized shops for beekeepers in different cities of Russia, initiation of the World Save Bee Fund WSBF e.V, the issue of the “Its Majesty the Bee” magazine and many other things. In 2012 the Company realized a scale capital investment project “Building of the ApiEnterprise” that lets significantly increase the volume of processing bee products. High technology equipment for the ApiEnterprise was designed and developed according to HASSP standards (principles providing safety of food products) that let carry out gentle processing of raw materials. New ApiEnterprise of the TENTORIUM® Apicompany contributes to active development of beekeeping not only on the territory of Russia but also a range of foreign countries.

To promote its products the TENTORIUM® Apicompany chose “from heart to heart” system – the system of direct sales. The representative offices of “Tentorium” work throughout Russia and in the countries of European Union: Italy, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Mongolia, and Cyprus, and also in Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Ukraine, Turkey, Kirgizia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia.

Specialists of beekeeping industry note that distributors of TENTORIUM® promoting products contribute to the development of beekeeping and increase of sales volume of raw materials in different regions. TENTORIUM® plans to enter such international markets as Arab Emirates, Canada, USA, Turkey, Spain, France and others.

VITA (EUROPE) LTD: THE WORLD’S LARGEST DEDICATED HONEYBEE HEALTH COMPANY.

Vita researches, develops, manufactures and markets a range of honeybee health treatments and products worldwide. Vita has distributors in over 60 countries and a product range that includes the benchmark Varroa treatments Apistan and Apiguard; nutritional supplements Vita Feed Gold and Vita Feed Green; AFB and EFB Diagnostic Kits for fast and accurate field testing; Swarm Attractant Lures and B401 for Wax Moth control.

With a rigorous and ethical approach to research and development into honeybee health, Vita has no commercial interests in crop pesticides or crop breeding that may be harmful to honeybees.

Vita promotes sustainable beekeeping through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Its treatments are designed to inhibit the build-up of resistance and wherever possible contain natural compounds and biological controls that are benign to all but the target pests.

Vita invests a very high proportion of its turnover in research and development. Research partners include universities such as Cardiff, Milan, Udine and institutes such as the Tierhygienisches Institut (Institute of Animal Health) in Freiburg, Germany, the UK Central Science Laboratory and the USDA in America. Vita’s innovative research and development work has been recognised by and has received support from the UK Government.

Vita personnel present at conferences across the world and write articles for a range of publications.

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