Beekeeping associations across the world are invited to enter a new Vita award for honeybee health initiatives.
The Vita Bee Initiative Awards will highlight the vital work of voluntary beekeeping groups to combat the ongoing health threats to honeybees and publicise good practice for the benefit of other beekeepers.
Winners of the Award will receive trophies and equipment such as microscopes to a value of €250 to help them in maintaining healthy honeybee colonies. Entrants will also receive a limited edition booklet highlighting the best projects. Many projects will also be publicised online for the benefit of beekeeping communities across the world.
Jeremy Owen, Sales Director for Vita (Europe) Ltd, said: “As a honeybee health specialist with distributors across the world, we never cease to be impressed by the resourcefulness of beekeepers in countering the series of health threats that have put honeybee populations at risk in recent years.
“In our travels we have encountered initiatives to promote healthy honeybees and we thought it would be very valuable for these activities to gain a wider audience. We are therefore delighted to announce Vita Bee Initiative Awards recognising local honeybee health initiatives across the world.”
The Vita Bee Initiative Awards are open to any beekeeping group, large or small, in any part of the world. An international panel of beekeeping experts will adjudicate.
Examples of eligible projects or initiatives include
- co-operation of neighbouring beekeepers to tackle a local or widespread honeybee health threat
- schemes such as mentoring to help new beekeepers with a particular focus on honeybee health
- providing access to specialist equipment to identify diseases
- specialist courses, meetings or regular events to target particular health threats
- online activities (websites, social media and/or email groups) addressing health issues for a particular beekeeping group
- disease identification skills transfer to young, new or inexperienced beekeepers.
All sorts of initiatives will be eligible, but honeybee health should always be a significant if not the only focus of the entry. An indication of successful outcomes will be beneficial.
The closing date is 10 July 2015. Vita will announce the winners at Apimondia 2015 in Korea in September.
Entries should be submitted electronically to the email address provided on the form. Photographs, video, audio recordings and other supporting material may also be submitted.
Entries should contain the following information
Organisation if appropriate
Initiative Title (max 20 words)
Summary (max 150 words)
Initiative Outline including aims, who is involved, timescales, results (max 1000 words)
Additional materials Web links are preferred, but emailed attachments are acceptable if they do not exceed 4 MB in total.
For more information visit Vita Europe Ltd.
Source: Vita Europe Ltd.