But what are we? What defines and join us is a concern, concern about the loss of genetic diversity, about the loss of richness of genes and loss of the infinity of possible combinations of genes that gives the species at least chance to respond to an ever-more-demanding environment.
Here, at the edges of the Old World, within the native range of Apis mellifera, there are all reasons for being concerned – but not for the honey bees as the individuals, nor for honey bees as the colonies.
Why such concern of all the sudden?
The concern isn’t sudden, it was building up for quite some time now. On our own, we have limited reach. Therefore we waited for the opportunity which gave us the chance to bring our interests together with other concerned stakeholders in beekeeping. EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation provided such chance through the »Common challenges – Shared solutions« call.
In the Universe, the giant clouds later merged through gravity to form galaxies, stars, and everything else seen today. In our world, five partners banded together to address the concern mentioned above. The project partners from Slovenia, Croatia, Northern Macedonia desire to profit from the experience of the partner from donor country the know-how of the Swedish expert partner and to adopt their knowledge to our local conditions and situations.
The diverse project consortium is lead by Agricultural Institute of Slovenia which is joined by the Norwegian Beekeepers’ Association, Swedish Agriculture University and two non-academic partners, CARPEA from North Macedonia and CALS from Croatia, both SMEs involved in research.