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In Colombia, illegally felled timber repurposed to help bees

In northeast Colombia, police guard warehouses stacked high with confiscated timber with a noble new destiny: transformation into homes for bees beleaguered by pesticides and climate change. The illegally harvested wood is used in northern Colombia’s Santander department for its “Timber Returns Home” initiative, which has been building hives since 2021 to house the little pollinators so critical to human survival. So far, the project has seen about 200 cubic meters (7,060 cubic feet) of wood transformed into 1,000 bee hives, with another 10,000 planned for the next phase, according to the Santander environmental authority.https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2024/1/2/photos-in-colombia-illegally-felled-timber-repurposed-to-help-bees

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  • Esther Wanjiku

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    This sure looks like a good plan and since the damage is already done why not repurpose the felled timber to aid bees.

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    • Kevin

      12 w

      This is a healthy way to give back what was stolen from the ecosystem

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      • We Don't Have Time

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        • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

          12 w

          Turning illegally felled timber into homes for bees is a commendable initiative in northeast Colombia. The 'Timber Returns Home' project not only addresses the environmental impact of illegal logging but also contributes to supporting bee populations essential for pollination. Transforming confiscated wood into 1,000 bee hives, with plans for an additional 10,000, demonstrates an innovative and sustainable approach that benefits both ecosystems and the crucial role bees play in our environment. It's inspiring to see creative solutions emerging in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss

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          • George Kariuki

            12 w

            Bees are crucial for healthy ecosystems and food security. Providing them with safe homes helps counteract threats like pesticides and climate change.

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            • Joseph Githinji

              13 w

              No matter the use of timber, logging must be criminalised and stopped by all means possible. Better environmental friendly methods should be put in place to create this beehives.

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

                13 w

                This should be stopped, they should look for other alternatives to build the hives and not to destroy the forests

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  13 w

                  @elizbeth_gathigia true, true, better options are there without harming the forests and must be utilized.

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                • Princess

                  13 w

                  Balancing environmental concerns and positive initiatives is crucial for a truly responsible approach.

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                  • Esther Wanjiku

                    12 w

                    @princess_nel_268 Looks like a win to the ecosystem seeing the trees were already felled

                  • johnte ndeto

                    13 w

                    Illegal logging ought to stop.It does more harm than good to our forests

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                    • Elizabeth Gathigia

                      13 w

                      @johnte_ndeto Absolutely true

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                      • Joseph Githinji

                        13 w

                        @johnte_ndeto I agree, our forest must be protected by all means.

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                        • Jane Wangui

                          12 w

                          @johnte_ndeto They just need to catch one person and take action then others can learn.

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