PhD start-up seminar: The effectiveness of beekeeping as a productive conservation measure

Kata Wagner is a PhD fellow under the European Commission’s FONASO Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme.
She is based at Bangor University in the UK and is co-supervised at the University of Copenhagen.

The title of Kata's PhD project is The effectiveness of beekeeping as a productive conservation measure. The aim of this project is to inform better-targeted investment in beekeeping as a productive conservation measure by providing empirical evidence of the effects of beekeeping on household wellbeing and its incentive effect for forest/tree conservation in the Miombo woodlands of Tanzania. The three objectives of the project are to:

  1. Evaluate the contribution of beekeeping to household wellbeing
  2. Analyse the effect of beekeeping on resource use values and behaviour
  3. Assess the state of tree and forest resources as a consequence of beekeepers’ land-use practices

Data collection and generation will involve qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The planned study will aim to offer insights into the real impacts beekeeping can have on household wellbeing as well as forest resource use and thus provide guidance to productive conservation initiatives, including among others national strategic planning for REDD+. Moreover, by identifying the influence of a range of factors on the relative importance of beekeeping as an income generating activity, the study will provide guidance to future beekeeping support and promotion programmes on how to target activities to achieve optimal results for poverty alleviation.

The start-up seminar is open to all.

Contact: Henrik Meilby

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