Slide background A beehive fence protecting farmland in Nepal. A beehive fence protecting farmland in Nepal.

Nepal Beehive Fences

The Nepal team is currently led by Roshan Kumar Thakur, a research officer at the Health and Environmental Management Society (HEMS) Nepal. He came to our Elephants and Bees Research Center and was trained on beehive fencing and beekeeping. With funding from the Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation and in partnership with Nepal Biodiversity Research and Conservation Center, the beehive fence project has been implemented in Ganesh Tole of Nijgadh Municipality of Bara district in Central Nepal. This area is frequently visited by elephants from Parsa National Park and has been a hotspot of human-elephant conflict. It was identified as the most suitable area to pilot the project from a previous geospatial study by Roshan Kumar Thaku.

The beehive fences have been installed in two places so far: one encompassing a farmer’s house and another surrounding the farmlands with an area of about 1.5 hectares, both being very prone to elephant raids annually.


 


The initial success using beehive fences as an elephant deterrent in Nepal has led to requests from different regions with high human-elephant conflict and plans are already underway to extend the beehive fence project to Bardiya (Western Nepal).