NATIONAL BEEKEEPING FORUM OF LEBANON
WELCOMING GREETINGS AND INTRODUCTION
Moderator: Lucia Maddoli
|International Coordinator of "Mediterranean CooBEEration" project, FELCOS Umbria|
• Khaled Shehab,
|President of the Order of Engineers and Architects of Beirut|
|• Vincenzo Panettieri||
President of APIMED – the Mediterranean Beekeepers Federation
|• Luca Renda||UNDP Country Director Lebanon, Lebanon|
|• Maurice Saade||FAO representative in Lebanon|
|• Gianandrea Sandri||Director of the Italian Cooperation Office, Embassy of Italy in Beirut|
• Marcello Mori
|Head of Section Sustainable Development, Delegation of the EU to Lebanon|
• Akram Chehayeb
|Ministry of Agriculture of Lebanon|
A picture of Lebanese beekeeping: main challenges and opportunities
|APIMED Focal Point in Lebanon|
|10:00 AM||MARKET AND COMPETITIVENESS: LEBANESE BEEKEEPING PRODUCTS FACING INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CHALLENGES||
|Moderator: Alain J. Chartrie||
Area Manager North Lebanon, Social & Local Development Programme, UNDP
The Quality Issue: Principles and Classifications.
|• Houssein Kadamani,
Market and Competitiveness of the Lebanese Beekeeping Products.
|General Manager of Rachaya Beekeepers Association|
| • Massimo Carpinteri,
The honey quality standards in the EU
| • Nadine Chemali
The honey value chain approach: access to the markets, aggregation, productivity, training programs and innovation.
|Honey Value Chain Leaders, Project LIVCD financed by USAID|
|11:00 AM||COFFE BREAK|
RESEARCH ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF BEEKEEPING
|Moderator: Naima Barbouche||Professor at the National Agronomy Institute of Tunisi|
|• Ali Dbouk,
The Role of Bees in the Protection of the Biodiversity: the State of Research in the Mediterranean Countries
|Secretary of South Lebanon Beekeepers Syndicate|
|• Claudio Porrini,
Evaluation of the Role of Bees in the Pollination of the Wild Flora in Deteriorated Environments for the Restoration and Conservation of the Biodiversity and the Landscape" (This research constitutes a section of the Project "Mediterranean CooBEEration".)
|DIPSA, University of Bologna|
|• Taoufik Ben Hamida,
Process of Constitution, Objectives and Perspectives.
|Professor at the Institute of Veterinarian Research of Tunis|
|• Mohammed Berkani,
Study and Research on the Honey Production Chain in Algery.
|Chief of ENSA Beekeeping Laboratory (Algery)|
|1:00 PM||LUNCH BREACK|
|2:00 PM||POLICIES AND ALLIANCES IN SUPPORT OF BEEKEEPING, BIODIVERSITY AND FOOD SECURITY IN LEBANON AND IN THE|
|Moderator: Vincenzo Panettieri||President of APIMED|
|• Ramzi Moghrabi||Chief of Beekeeping Sector, Ministry of Agriculture of Lebanon|
|• Afif Abi Chedid
Importance of a Stronger organization in the Sector: the New Lebanese Beekeeping Federation.
|• Mohammed Hamzaoui
From the Market Strategies to the Environmental Policies: the Role of the Beekeeping Associations.
|President Adam Blida and APIMED Council Member|
| • Lucia Maddoli
Mediterranean CooBEEration: the Building of a Multi-Actors Alliance for the Defence of the Common Good Beekeeping.
|International Coordinator of the Project "Mediterranean CooBEEration"|
|• Simone Bachawati
LEDA vision to promote beekeeping and support beekeepers
|Director of North Lebanon Local Economic Development Agency|
|• Marie Louise Hayek
Partnerships in support of beekeeping for sustainable livelihoods
|Programme Assistant, FAO representation in Lebanon|
|• Sébastien Vauzelle
International Cooperation and local economic development: in what beekeeping is a model for the future?
|Local Governance and Decentralised Cooperation Officer, UNDP ART Initiative|
|5:00 PM||CONCLUSION BY VINCENZO PANETTIERI||President of APIMED|
ROUND TABLE ON SANITARY ASPECTS OF BEEKEEPING
|The Correlation between Effectiveness and Safety Health Issues for the Treatments Used in the Fight of the Main Bees Diseases|
|Introduction and chairing: Vincenzo Panettieri,||President APIMED|
|• Intervention of Mohammed Hamzaoui,||focal point of APIMED dell'Algeria|
|• Intervention of Walid Nagara,||focal point of APIMED of Tunisia|
• Intervention of Massimo Carpinteri,
|italian beekeeping representative|
• Intervention of Tahsein Owda,
|focal point of APIMED of Palestine|
• Intervention of Souheil Kadamani,
|focal point of APIMED of Lebanon|
• Intervention of Moghli Embark
|Focal Point of Morocco|
• Intervention of Ebrahem Mady
|President of Arab Beekeepers Union|
• Intervention of Mohammad Alrababah
|President of Jordanian Beekeepers Association|
|12:30 PM||CONCLUSION OF THE FORUM|
1. Preservation of Biodiversity:
to convince the Governments in conducting policies for sustaining beekeeping by:
The increase of the areas covered with forest, the use of degraded areas for growing species of plants useful for the development of agriculture and forest economy but, at the same time, compatible with beekeeping;
to encourage agriculture practices with low pesticides impact or organic;
to implement some Observatories for doing research on the role of the presence of pollinators and, in particular, of bees;
to collaborate to the research activities of the Mediterranean Beekeeping Observatory;
to authorize and support programs of information in schools about the role and the value – not only economic – of bees in sustaining the environment, the biodiversity and the food safety.
2. Preservation of the biodiversity of bees in the Mediterranean area.
to stop the import of bees without any differentiation, to raise awareness and to inform on the danger of this practice;
to pursue objectives, in the medium and long term, related with the improvement of the local population of bees, the determination of privileged genetic lines, of selective methods and of the propagation of these policies on the topic of the bees reproduction.
3. Quality of honey
to define, finally, the product honey in the Mediterranean area not only as a Regional product, but also as an evidence and a result of the traditions and cultures that share common traits and as a precious heritage to defend and be passed to future generations;
to pursue policies for the improvement and the promotion of the numerous types of honey produced in the Mediterranean area;
to define and to identify – through the experiences and the acquired knowledge from the beekeepers and the studies conducted by the researchers – the main characteristics of honey or of honeys of the Mediterranean area. To this regard, to develop researches on the physique, chemical and organoleptic characteristics of the Mediterranean honeys, relating them to the floral origin and the composition of the pollen specter.
to create within the Mediterranean Beekeepers Federation a group of work for A Study of the Norms of the " Honey of the Mediterranean; " the group will present its proposals during the VII Mediterranean Beekeeping Forum of Tunisia;
to encourage the consolidation of the Mediterranean Beekeeping Observatory for the members of the Federation and for the other countries of the Mediterranean region that are interested in the development of beekeeping;
to encourage the technical training or the update of the technicians of the laboratories specialized in the analysis of the quality of honey and to proceed, within a defined range of time, to their selection and identification;
to realize partnerships with the Arab Beekeepers Union aiming at reinforcing the role of the Federation and of the Union in the world, so favoring the exchange of professional experiences, speeding up the emancipation of beekeeping in front of world challenges and new horizons;
to activate the necessary procedures for the acceptance of new and very important associations which have expressed their desire to join APIMED - Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria,- in order to officially formalize their acceptance into the Mediterranean Beekeeping Federation during the VII Forum in Tunisia.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BEEKEEPING IN LEBANON
Waiting for the structural actions which could be realized for the Lebanon beekeeping sector, and which have to answer, in the short and medium term, to the following objectives:
1. Preservation of the biodiversity
to increase the farming areas with entomophilous crops on the national territory with regard to the service of pollination;
to structure and organize the beekeepers and to develop partnerships with actors of the sectors of agriculture, environment and forests, with the aim to raise awareness among the importance of bees for the agriculture economy and for the preservation of biodiversity;
to encourage the consideration of bees in the agricultural-systems with regard to the phytosanitary treatments;
to reward the use of agricultural practices more respectful of pollinators.
2. Protection of the citrus orchard in Lebanon
To build argumentative points for the protection and the preservation of citrus orchards in Lebanon:
- economic impact of the orange honey "terroir honey"
- to improve the crops and of their irrigation system "drop to drop"
- to increase the integral battle against the predators
- to constitute an "observatory for the chemical pollution caused by the banana cultivation in the South Lebanon"
- to reinforce the aids for the development of the citrus farming which is a production of the Lebanese soil
3. Health of the bees
The aids of the government should translate into a technical assistance and support for the first medicines which have to be managed by the beekeepers themselves.
4. Quality of honey
to proceed with the ongoing work on the quality of honey;
to participate actively at the international level for a better definition of the products of the hive and, in particular, of honey;
to pursue the optimal objective – thank you to the technique, the training, the inquiry of research – of "honey without residues";
to structure the actors of the honey sector for the creation of interprofessional agreements.