Decline of wild honey production in the Philippines

Decline of wild honey production in the Philippines

Once again we are delighted to report the latest news from Dr Denise Matias as she continues her valuable work with the Honey hunters and gathers of the Philippines. Here is her latst news with links to the peer reviewed articles which incorporate her results.

Dr Matias write: 

Financial support was sought from The Eva Crane Trust Fund for the participatory resource mapping (PRM) component of the doctoral research project “Assessing the decline of wild honey production in Palawan, Philippines”. One major step in fulfilling the project is a community training on the use of global positioning system (GPS) units and point-and-shoot cameras. The first training was conducted last February 20-22, 2015 in the community of Sagpangan in Aborlan, Palawan with around 30 participants, consisting of Apis dorsata hunter gatherers and female community members.


Since this training, three peer-reviewed articles have been published incorporating the results.     Mapping giant honey bee nests in Palawan, Philippines through a transdisciplinary approach. Development in Practice. Vol. 27 (7) 2017, pp. 903-912 : A review of ecosystem service benefits from wild bees across social contexts. Ambio Vol. 46 (4) 2017, pp. 456-467  Thinking beyond Western commercial honeybee hives: towards improved conservation of honeybee diversity.  Biodiversity & Conservation Vol. 26 (14) 2017, pp. 3499-3504


The second training was conducted this March 21-23, 2018 at Narra, Palawan with representatives of indigenous Palaw’ans from Brooke’s Point, Quezon, Rizal and indigenous Tagbanuas from Narra. Two representatives from Sagpangan who attended the first training were also present to share their experiences and assist during the training. Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) Philippines staff attended the training and also assisted with the preparations.