LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia is protecting its bee buzz on a roll.
After Slovenia clinched United Nations help for establishing a World Bee Day in 2008, authorities mentioned Thursday the small European nation’s beekeeping custom is being added to the U.N.’s record of cultural heritage that humanity ought to protect.
UNESCO specialists gathering in Morocco this week determined that Slovenia’s entry – Beekeeping in Slovenia, a Manner of Life – deserves U.N. recognition for instance of an essential cultural custom, Slovenia’s Ministry of Tradition mentioned.
The ministry mentioned the bid demonstrated the richness of the beekeeping heritage in Slovenia – its lengthy historical past and intensive abilities, information and practices handed down from technology to technology.
“With its immovable and movable heritage, beekeeping is strongly embedded in Slovenia, and in trendy instances additionally being developed is beekeeping in city environments,” the assertion added.
Tradition Minister Asta Vrečko labelled it as one other nice cultural achievement for the nation. “Bees and beekeeping have to be given particular consideration in instances of local weather change, and conventional beekeeping … have to be particularly nurtured.”
Slovenian beekeepers have round 200,000 bee colonies and a home sub-species, the Carniolan bee that’s recognized for its “docility, diligence, humility, and an incredible sense of orientation.”
“Bees are stored principally in picket apiaries close to beekeepers’ houses,” the entry on UNESCO web site mentioned. “Communities categorical a loving and respectful angle in direction of bees, and the associated information, abilities and practices are formed by centuries of custom and transmitted from technology to technology.”
The U.N. Normal Meeting at Slovenia’s initiative has declared Could 20 because the World Bee Day. Slovenia has confused the necessity to elevate consciousness of the significance of bees and the hazards to their survival.
The date for the observance was chosen because it was the birthdate of Anton Jansa, an 18-th century pioneer of recent apiculture, the U.N. Meals and Agriculture Group says. Jansa got here from a household of beekeepers in Slovenia, the place beekeeping is a crucial agricultural exercise with a long-standing custom.
These days, beekeeping can also be a tourism attraction in Slovenia, with guests supplied excursions of beekeeping websites nestled amongst Slovenia’s beautiful Alpine peaks.
UNESCO additionally included the custom of Lipizzaner horse breeding in Slovenia and 7 different international locations to its record of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Slovenia mentioned.
Slovenia had filed the bid on behalf of eight international locations with this custom together with Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Slovakia.