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Bukinac: Slovenia has united all UN member states in marking World Bee Day

Text: Vanja Tolj, FENA Photo/Jasmin Hasečić

SARAJEVO, May 20 (FENA) - “The panel on the importance of bees, organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in BiH and the Slovenian society "Ivan Cankar" in cooperation with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, was held today in Sarajevo on the occasion of marking the May 20 - World Bee Day.

The panel was a chance to talk about the topic such as the significance of bees for humanity, education about our relationship with nature and bees, honey production and the challenges of modern use of bee products for human health and nutrition.

Slovenian Ambassador to BiH Zorica Bukinac emphasizes that World Bee Day is being marked since 2018, on the initiative of the Republic of Slovenia, with a decision adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

“We chose May 20, because it is the date of birth of the pioneer of modern beekeeping – Slovenian Anton Janša, and bees in the northern hemisphere are also the most active in May. Beekeeping is deeply connected with Slovenes and their immaterial cultural heritage, and this is the area where Slovenia is ranked at the top in the world,” said Bukinac to FENA.

She added that Slovenian diplomacy regards May 20 as its great success, because they have succeeded in connecting all countries, members of the United Nations to work together on the issue of nutrition and coexistence of man and his environment, and that there is an initiative to protect bees as an endangered species at the European Union level and beyond.

“There are several factors that threaten bees, from climate change and global warming, to pesticides and the unconscious work of beekeepers and farmers. If you ask experts whether the bees are endangered, they will surely confirm it,” underlined Bukinac.

Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Sarajevo Nihad Fejzić emphasized that the situation in beekeeping in BiH is complicated, starting from the registration system, insufficient incentives, the absence of the umbrella association of beekeepers, etc.

“Bees are globally endangered, and here, at the Veterinary Faculty we are studying and preventing bee diseases. We have laboratories that control those diseases. There are initiatives to protect bees in BiH, but I think that we are far from having our beekeeping reach the level of the one in Slovenia,” said Fejzić.

The Slovenian resolution on World Bee Day was supported by 115 countries, a major step in the fight against hunger and poverty in the world and the struggle for the preservation of the natural environment.