WWF's Conservation Innovation Awards

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Backyard Beehive

Community based co operative to locate small relocatable beehives in residential zones.

The Bee population needs all the diversity it can muster to offset the decline in bee numbers .

The Backyard Bee Co operative is managed by experienced Bee keepers and the scheme participants receive a  %  Dividend of Honey in return permitting Beehives to be placed in suitable locations on the property.

Proceeds from the commercial sale of Honey applied to procuring Hive and expanding the scheme and taking on parasitic and biological enemy's of the Bee . 

What conservation problem are you trying to solve?

Bee numbers in decline due to environmental and parasitic effects .

The loss of Bee pollination is a major  risk to the planet

How are you going to solve this conservation problem?

Small scale residential Beehives , scale to be determined by property size and access.

Central processing for econmony of scale

Co operative structure with a strong emphasis on  community involvement , education  , and participation . thinking of schools ,enviro friendly groups ,  

What makes your idea new and unique?

Its simple , relatively low cost , and expandable into a range of suitable locations , starting with private residential , businesses , and local parks and reserves.

Experienced Bee keepers will manage the hives and process the Honey on established commercial terms , Ownership of the Hives and monitoring Honey production will be by the Local Community Co operative on a Volunteer basis.  

Who will use your idea, and how will they benefit?

Local Community rate payer associations and community groups , schools ,

They will benefit by raising the diversity and population of Bees to benefit future generations and the country.

The scheme will promote involvement and training of unemployed and or disadvantaged via current community work schemes . 

What tasks or activities do you need investment for? How would you spend a $25,000 grant?

Set up a trial scheme , all of the $25,000 grant applied to creating a marketing plan , consultation and implementation of the first small scale community scheme .

A strong emphasis on Volunteer support and none of the initial $25,000 would be applied to administration or overheads.

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Andrea Reid Oct 11, 2016

Cool idea, would love to know more about how the hives pictured that you have designed work. I am assuming they are for the standard honey bee, how do the frames sit inside the box so that honey can be collected for your scheme? I think the idea has merit, we currently work with Creative Woodcraft who create bumblebee and leafcutter bee hives and we would be interested in exploring the possibility of partnering with you in the future by using these hives within our public pollinator park installations and encouraging residents to get them in their own gardens to help us create pollinator highways. Drop me a message if you're interested.


Darrell Mcleod Oct 12, 2016

Hi Andrea , I like your pollinator walls and am a believer in collaboration to achieve an outcome , as no one initiative will provide a full solution , there are several other initiatives in the innovator Hub especially relating to wasp monitoring and hopefully eradication that I include in this praise, locally produced hives are preferable ,they must be aesthetically attractive in the residential and park setting . I have not designed a beehive and will rely on existing proven designs ,My Idea is really the collaborative co operative approach to getting beehives spread throughout communities and although initially operated by commercial keepers my ultimate goal would be via a Co operative training scheme to employ directly out of the community.


Christopher Wingate Oct 14, 2016

Dear fellow entrant.
I love bees so you get my vote. I am hoping to get your support to vote for Dr Maggie Evans who only needs another 12 votes and needs them today. Her work is “critically important science” to help save critically endangered birds such as the Kakapo. Please take a look and lets all give her our support. We are all in this together. Cheers- https://wwf-nz.crowdicity.com/post/285779