Tariquía Reserve Beekeepers Association (Asociación de Apicultores de la Reserva de Tariquía - AART) is an indigenous honey producer association that has been recognized nationally for producing the best organic honey in Bolivia. The group works within the Tariquía Flora and Fauna National Reserve, a protected area covering 610,000 acres of dense, semi-deciduous, montane Tucumano-Boliviano forest. The association is certified as an ecological community organization which shares its costs, profits, production techniques and knowledge equally amongst cooperative members.
AART is responsible for the purchase and commercialization of honey from all producers on the reserve. The association incorporates traditional ecological knowledge in their honey extraction techniques. By adding value to this livelihood activity, the initiative has successfully reduced pressures on the reserve’s unique biodiversity.
The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.