Regulatory News

The Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), an agency of the Ministry of the Environment, is developing programs to encourage the creation of stingless bees in at least 15 protected areas throughout Brazil. For communities living in extractive reserves or national forests, the activity serves as an additional source of income.

An example of this is in the Jequiá Lagoon Extractive Reserve, Alagoas, in northeastern Brazil. There, residents work in the production of propolis, a substance with medicinal properties and used for combating fungi obtained by bees. Beekeeping also contributes to the native forest in the region.

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