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The Asian Pollinator Initiatives Alliance

WWF Thailand is a founding member of the Asian Pollinator Initiatives Alliance or APIA. The APIA is a working group that aims to create a network within Thailand and the rest of Asia to raise awareness on the importance of pollinators to the environment and economy, while also taking intervention actions to create change.

Made of like-minded individuals from different fields, the APIA shares and utilises knowledge and resources from the private, public, and education sectors to maximise impacts

Through events and workshops, the APIA connects like-minded individuals and organisations in Asia and raises public awareness on pollinator protection. Keep up to date with all of APIA's events here.

Network Members




Non-Governmental Organisations

WWF- Thailand
Biothai
Earth Net Foundation

Non Profit Organisations
GO Organics Peace International

Political Foundations
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Southeast Asia

Researchers/Research Institutions
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi Native Honeybee and Pollinator Research Centre
Dr Orawan Duangphakdee from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
Dr Alyssa Stewart from Mahidol University

Business Sector
Mivana Co.,Ltd

Campaign Timeline

Pollinators and Biodiversity 'Terrace Talk'
WWF Thailand joined forces with, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Go Organics, and local civil groups hosted “Terrace Talk: “Pollinators and Biodiversity in Southeast Asia,” raising awareness on the importance of pollinators. Find out more
Pollinator workshop at Sustainable Brands 2020
As part of Sustainable Brands 2020 event, WWF- Thailand joined forces with Biothai, Go Organics, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southeast Asia, Earth Net Foundation, and Thai Pesticide Alerts, to host a workshop on “The importance of pollinators for sustainable food production,” promoting pollinator restoration in nature and within the value chain. The event comprised of honey testing, bee wax soap making, beekeeping techniques, informative talks, and a brainstorming session on how each sector can take an active and important role in pollinator restoration both with value chains (that may supply their materials) and by transforming spaces they manage (such as farms, campuses, factories, gardens) into pollinator-friendly gardens where they can integrate native beekeeping. Local wisdom, good practices, and issues were also exchanged and shared. Find out more
Stingless Bees - Pollinator Restoration in Urban Context
Stingless Bees - Pollinator Restoration in Urban and Peri-Urban Context Workshop with Dr. Orawan Duangphakdee, Associate Professor and Director of Native Hon­eybee Research Laboratory at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. Ratchaburi Campus. This workshop is set within the larger context of pollinator restoration in urban and peri-urban context. Participants will have an introductory overview on stingless bees, their roles in the ecosystem, their nature and their needs. There will also practice and observation of how to work with stingless bees including honey harvesting, colony transfer, where colonies can be set up, as well as the different types of hive structures that can be used Find out more
KMUTT Bee Park visit
Members from the Asian Pollinators Initiative Alliance headed to Ratchaburi in the west of Bangkok to visit King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi's Native Honeybee and Pollinator Research Centre or the KMUTT Bee Park. Members of the alliance got to learn about the research centre's various projects including the Smart Hive project and about how the centre helps local small farmers convert to sustainable agriculture through the incorporation of pollinators while also helping them sell bee products.
Introduction to Rafter Beekeeping Online Webinar
On the 21st of January 2021, WWF Thailand in collaboration with GO Organics Peace International hosted an ‘Introduction to Rafter Beekeeping’ online webinar. The webinar had registrants from more than 20 countries around the world, comprising of experts and novices in the pollinators and beekeeping field alike. This webinar was conducted as part of the Asian Pollinator Initiative Alliance’s (APIA) efforts. Lead by Biologist french Eric Guren, the webinar had a primary focus on Rafter beekeeping, a traditional sustainable and safe beekeeping and honey collection technique for Apis dorsata Fabricius or the Asian giant honey bee Find out more
Apis Cerana and Bee Friendly Farming Webinar
On the 18th of February 2021, WWF Thailand in collaboration with GO Organics Peace International hosted the second of our monthly webinars for the APIS. This time we were joined by Dr. Punchihewa (pictured), Dr. Punchihewa has been working with beehives at his home garden in Sri Lanka since childhood. He was a Fullbright fellow in the USA and is the Chairman of the Pollinator Conservation Working Group of Sri Lanka. Throughout his years working with farmers, he saw the detrimental effects of intensive modern farming. Dr Punchihewa, therefore, devised and started promoting a farming system to the farmers, which is “Bee Friendly”. The webinar not only delved into Dr. Punchihewa’s concept of Bee Friendly Farming, but also the importance and relationship between humans and pollinators, Find out more
Community Based Native Beekeeping in Southeastern Thailand
The third of our monthly webinars was on ‘community based native bee conservation in south-eastern Thailand.’the host, Mr Prasit Wongprom, is a local expert on a topic as well as a freelance researcher and professor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry and a Master’s Degree in Entomology from Kasetsart University. Mr. Prasit, who was a professor at Nakhonsawan Rajabhat University and has worked as an Entomology researcher for Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden and the University of Kentucky in addition to being an animal biodiversity expert for the Royal Forestry Department, brings a vast amount of experience and knowledge to this topic. Due to his expertise, the webinar as informative for everyone involved and the Q&A session brought about engaging discussions
Bat Pollination in Thailand, a Decade of Research
The fourth in the series of webinars hosted by the APIA titled ' Bat Pollinators in Thailand, a Decade of Research was the first in the series to cover bat pollinators. When we think of bats, we often think of birds or insects like bees, bats are often overlooked despite the important role they play. Bats are actually responsible for the pollination of several tropical fruits the region is known for, including durian. Hosted by Assistant Professor Dr. Alyssa Stewart of Mahidol University, who has been studying bat pollination in Thailand since 2011, the webinar was insightful from start to finish with a depth of information and data. Attended concurrently by over 40 people, the Q&A session at the end prooved to be a highlight