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, 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


  • 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