Honey production represents a strategic economic activity. It provides an environmentally friendly source of additional income for rural communities, while at the same time protecting bees that are responsible for pollinating a wide variety of both wild and food plants.

We promote beekeeping by training and equipping communities in various parts of the country. It is an easy activity to integrate into other models of sustainable production, and it allows both strengthening and consolidating of productive reconversion.

Native, stingless Melipona bees were kept and managed by a variety of pre-Hispanic cultures. These bees evolved together with the plants of southeast Mexico, and are fundamental in the pollination of many jungle plants.


These images show sustainable beekeeping projects in the Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve in Veracruz, and stingless melipona honey husbandry in the Cañón del Usumacinta Flora and Fauna Protection Zone in Tabasco.

ENDESU.TV | Program 1: BEES

We talked with four experts about these insects’ diversity, their ecosystem function, their current situation and initiatives for their conservation.