Bees are transforming the livelihoods of residents in the Indonesian province of Riau where honey production is on the rise. Indonesia is intensifying efforts to ban the use of fire to clear land as part of a broader effort to conserve peatland areas through its Ministry of Environment and Forestry in collaboration with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). A project known as as “Haze Free Sustainable Livelihoods” aims to empower local communities in nine villages across three districts in Riau province through retraining. Researchers are exploring the potential for new livelihood options in the villages, providing capacity building to support local people. Information gathered will be funneled into the Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystem in Indonesia project, led by the ministry.
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