The Bolivian couple saving honey bees from coca deforestation

A Bolivian couple are saving honey bees from coca deforestation

Location: Los Yungas, Bolivia

These apiculturists scour the region looking for beehives to save

They then house them in purpose-built wooden beehives

at their family-owned bee sanctuary

ZOOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING VET, ERIC PAREDES "In Los Yungas our bees are in constant danger due to the threats of uncontrolled forest burning and the extraction of wood. Compared with other years, many bees are disappearing here. For this reason, we feel obliged to continue working for the bees, in order to rescue the species."

The staggering decline of honey bee colonies

has alarmed experts around the world

Paredes and his wife claim to have saved ten species of native bees

over the past 10 years

"Bees are incredibly important for our planet. It has been shown that bees are responsible for 70 percent of food production around the world. This gives greater importance to the work we do."

Video Transcript

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INTERPRETER: In Los Yungas, our bees are in constant danger due to the threats of uncontrolled forest burning and the extraction of wood. Compared with other years, many bees are disappearing here. For this reason, we feel obliged to continue working for the bees in order to rescue the species.

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INTERPRETER: These are incredibly important for our planet. It has been shown that bees are responsible for 70% of food production around the world. This gives greater importance to the work we do.

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