Unesco Geopark of Haute-Provence

United by common values ​​of ecosystem protection and sustainable development, ELBA and the Haute-Provence Geopark have signed a partnership to carry out joint actions on the territories of UNESCO Global Geopark.

ELBA will receive the support and collaboration of UNESCO Global Geopark to act on behalf of:

Protection of native bees and
their own ecosystem.

The enhancement of cultural
and traditional ties that unite peoples and bees.

The first achievement of this
partnership was the Pie Fourcha project (commune of Prads / Le Vernet) where an
apiary was set up almost millennium old – located in the heart of the hamlet –
and reflecting the evolution of the relationship between the man and the bee.

On the first levels,
traditional hives in the trunk and on the others, horizontal hives.

These last ones have an
educational role: they are equipped with a pane on all their length which makes
it possible to observe the life of the colony, without risk. These hives are
exclusively populated by bees of the local subspecies, adapted to their
environment and representing a harmonious and therefore successful evolution
with their biotope.

These hives respect the
reproduction mode of bees by swarming. The colonies are used to produce native
swarms that seed nature to find wild bees in its heart. These are sent as true
messengers of our conscience as a bridge to the living. This place would become
a point of union around a common love for the bee and through it, for Life.
Thus showing that the modern man opens to the necessary and obligatory respect
of his environment.

United by common values ​​in
terms of ecosystem protection and sustainable development, ELBA and
Haute-Provence UNESCO Global Geopark have signed a partnership to carry out
actions on UNESCO Global Geopark territories.

ELBA will be supported by
UNESCO Global Geopark to act in favor of:

  • Protection of
    native bees and their own ecosystem.
  • Emphasizing cultural and traditional
    ties uniting bees and Native people of the world.

Pie Fourcha project (commune of Prads / Le Vernet)

The first achievement of this
partnership was the Pie Fourcha project, in which an almost thousand-year-old
apiary was set up – located in the heart of the hamlet – and reflecting the
evolution of the relationship between men and bee.

On the first levels,
traditional tree trunck beehives and on the others, horizontal behives. These
last ones have an educational role: they are equipped with a pane on all their
length which makes it possible to observe the life of the colony, without risk.

The purpose of this apiary is
to reseed local bees in the area. The hives put in place have as predestination
the function of bringing to the natural environment colonies of native bees.
These are sent as true messengers of our conscience as a bridge to the living.
This place would become a point of union around a common love for the bee and
through it, for Life.

In the symbol, it is a living
museum which shows that modern man, by his change of consciousness, puts
himself at the service of nature