SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT

The main objective of this research is to integrate beekeeping as a sustainable and collaborative tool for biodiversity and livelihood enhancement towards the restoration of the Yongwa Quarry Mined Site.

Others Objectives are as follows

  1. To access theacceptance ratings of beekeeping as an alternative livelihood option by theYongwa Quarry and Forest Reserves fringe   communities.
  2. To ascertain the biodiversity knowledge base-level ofcommunity members with respect to the Yongwa Quarry and Forest Reserve environs
  3. Evaluation of indigenous tree seedlings (timber and fruits) establishment in the quarry’smined soils.
  4. To access the acceptance ofsustainable utilization of agricultural residues (corn cob, palm kernel shells etc) and branches of trees as domestic fuel sources by the Yongwa Quarry and Forest Reserves’ fringe   communities
  5. To access the voluntary  wildfire management attitude of Yongwa Quarry and  Forest Reserves fringecommunity memberstowards biodiversity protection

 

The following activities will be undertaken to achieve the set objectives to enhance the biodiversity status of the Yongwa Quarry site

Objective 1; To access theacceptance ratings of beekeeping as an alternative livelihood option by theYongwa Quarry andForest Reserves fringe communities.

Activities 1;

a)    Open-air community sensitization (through beekeeping films) on the eco and economic benefits of bees and bee- keeping for biodiversity enhancement and livelihood development.

 

b)   Establishment of demonstration bee farms (apiary) sites   at the outskirts of fringe Communities of the forest reserve and the Yongwa Quarry site to teach the communities the basics of keeping honey bees and stingless bees

 c). Collection of data on community members willing to be trained in thekeeping of honey and stingless bees

  1. Objective2;  To ascertain the knowledge base-level ofcommunity members with respect to the Yongwa Quarry and Forest Reserve environs

Activities 2

The community members were interviewed through a structured questionnaire seeking the following information;

  1. Community members knowledge of the adjoining Yongwa Forest Reserve
  2. Community members knowledge of the benefits of honey bees, stingless bees, bumble bees and the near extinct tree species Talbotiellagentii
  3. Community members knowledge of honey hunters in the community
  4. Community members knowledge of indigenous timber and fruit tree species in their communities

 

Objective 3; Evaluation of indigenous tree seedlings (timber and fruits) establishment in the quarry’smined soils.

Activities 3

  1. Collection and nursing of seeds and wildlings of indigenous fruits and timber species at both on and off  theYongwa and Sapawsu forest reserves for growing at Yongwa quarry restoration nursery.
  2. Observation of seedlings establishment
  3. Provision of education  on the rarity status of the T.gentii trees species to stimulate its protection, conservation and its growing on farms, around homes etc

Objective4 To access the acceptance ofsustainable utilization of agricultural residues (corn cob, palm kernel shells etc) and branches of trees as domestic fuel sources by theYongwa Quarry and Forest Reserves’ fringe   communities.

Activities 4

  1. Training of community members in the use of tree branches,invasive tree species such as cassia, neemand agricultural residues (corn cobs , palm kernel shellsetc) for domestic energy generation using used oil- drum kilns
  2. Data  collection on members willing to adopt and use the above technology

Objective 5; Toaccess the voluntary wildfire management attitude of Yongwa Quarry and Forest Reserves fringecommunity memberstowards biodiversity protection

Activities 5

  1. Community demonstrations on basics of wildfire management
  2. Data collection of community members willing to join a voluntary anti- wildfire management club
  3.  Data  collection of community members willing to be further trained in wild fire prevention and control

 

 

 

 

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