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Traditional honey and wax collection with Apis dorsata in the upper Kapuas Lake region, West Kalimantan.



In 1996 the Danau Sentarum Wildlife Reserve was visited for the purpose of reconfirming the traditional honey and wax collection practices of Apis dorsata Apis dorsata, the Giant honey bee, is a honey bee of southern and southeastern Asia. It is only slightly smaller than the Himalayan honey bee.

In the wild, they prefer to nest in exposed areas far off the ground, on tree limbs and under cliff overhangs, and
 colonies by the local population. This so-called tikung practice was found mainly performed by the Malay population. In the low submerged lake forests, hardwood hardwood: see wood.
hardwood

Timber obtained from broad-leaved, flower-bearing trees. Hardwood trees are deciduous trees, except in the warmest regions.
 planks (tikung) are attached in trees 1.5-4 m above the water level in the wet season. Some 20 to 25% of these planks become occupied. Combs are collected during dark moon nights in the honey season once a year. Families may own up to 500 tikung or more, but the average is around 80. Hundreds of families throughout the DSWR DSWR Downward Shortwave Radiation  engage in tikung honey harvesting the gathering of honey from hives, or the honey which is gathered.

See also: Honey
. A set of traditional regulations is respected by various groups of tikung owners.

Among the Dayak population, honey collection from lalau trees is more common: 30-40 m high bee trees bee tree
n.
1. Any of various trees, such as the basswood, having nectar-rich flowers that are especially attractive to bees.

2. A hollow tree in which bees form nests.
 that can host more than 100 A. dorsata colonies, for which honey collection and tree ownership follows practices as described elsewhere in SE Asia. Collection from repak trees, i.e. trees usually having one or a few colonies, which are not owned, is intermediate and of lesser importance.

Honey and beeswax beeswax: see wax.
beeswax

Commercially useful wax secreted by worker honeybees to make the cell walls of the honeycomb. A bee consumes an estimated 6–10 lbs (3–4.
 collection activities and improvements were part of the Danau Sentarum Wildlife Reserve conservation project's conservation products enterprise and are briefly described.

Introduction

Traditionally in Asia nests of Apis dorsata or the "Giant Asian Honeybee honeybee

Broadly, any bee that makes honey (any insect of the tribe Apini, family Apidae); more strictly, one of the four species constituting the genus Apis. The term is usually applied to one species, the domestic honeybee (A.
" have been exploited to produce the bulk of honey and wax, which have been traded for ages. In most cases Apis dorsata nests are hunted, the bees chased away with smoke, and the comb comb

1. a vascular, red cutaneous structure attached in a sagittal plane to the dorsum of the skull of domestic fowl. It consists of a base attached to the skull, a central mass called the body, a backward projecting blade and upward projecting points.

2.
 completely cut away for collection. Famous are traditional honeyhunters who in many areas climb steep cliffs or ascend tall "bee trees" by hand-made ladders, using local tools.

In 1989 the existence of managed honey and wax collection from this bee was confirmed to be a still common practice among beekeepers in U Minh, Southern Vietnam (Crane 1994). References and early notes confirm that the system, referred to as rafter beekeeping beekeeping
 or apiculture

Care and manipulation of honeybees to enable them to produce and store more honey than they need so that the excess can be collected. Beekeeping is one of the oldest forms of animal husbandry.
, has existed for more than a hundred years.

An old Dutch Old Dutch
n.
Old Low Franconian.
 reference from 1851 on an expedition in Kalimantan reported the existence of a similar management system for honeybees, locally called tikung beekeeping, which was later described in more detail by de Mol (Lijnden 1851) and (de Mol 1933). As in U Minh, the bee management system described for Kalimantan occurred in an area of submerged forest, with a lack of tall trees For the Hotel in Teesside see Hotel tall trees

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 (or rock faces) to which bees can hang their nests.

(Giesen 1987) reported that this management practice in the DSWR area had declined, probably due to low prices for honey.

This report is the result of a study visit to the upper Kapuas Lake region in January 1996, which surprisingly revealed the tikung system to still be popularly practised practised
Adjective

expert or skilled because of long experience in a skill or field: the doctor answered with a practised smoothness

Adj. 1.
 by a relative large group of the local population. Much use was made of recent studies made by project staff of the ODA ODA - Open Document Architecture (formerly Office Document Architecture).  sponsored Danau Sentarum Wildlife Reserve Conservation project active since 1992 in the DSWR. (1) Among several studies, some described the local honey and wax business (Colfer, Erman and Zulkamain 1993; Rouquette 1995), on which a Community Based Income Generating Programme was designed of which honey and beeswax were an important component (Wickham 1995).

This account makes use of the various data collected during the project, especially the studies by Rouquette and Colfer's team.

Danau Sentarum Lake Region: Population and Vegetation

The majority of the DSWR population are Malays, whose main activity is fishing. They live in boathouses or permanent houses in villages built on stilts This article is about the poles. For the type of bird, see stilt. For other uses, see Stilts (disambiguation).

Stilts are poles, posts or pillars used to allow a person or structure to stand at a certain distance above the ground.
. Besides Malays, around 10% of the population consists of Dayak groups, mainly Iban, who live at somewhat higher sites, mostly with several families living together in longhouses. Their activities, besides fishing, include collecting and selling forest products, hunting, and some agriculture.

Since the 1700s, the Muslim Malay population started moving into the area as traders or settlers from downstream. Establishing small kingdoms, the local Dayak groups were driven into more forested areas. Due to famines This is an incomplete list of major famines, ordered by date.

A complete list will almost certainly never become available. 5th century BC
  • 440 BC famine in Ancient Rome.
 between 1830 and 1880, Iban Dayaks from Sarawak came into the area (Jensen 1994).

There is a seasonal migration of various floating fishing communities in and out of the lake area. In the dry season, with low water, fishing is most profitable, whereas during most of the year when the water is high, catches are smaller.

Commodity trading is done mainly by Chinese boatsmen who move up and down the Kapuas River The Kapuas River (Indonesian: Sungai Kapuas) is located in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. At approximately 1,143 km, it is the longest river in Indonesia, and is the major river of the western portion of Borneo. It is also the world's longest river on an island. . Barter barter: see exchange.
barter

Direct exchange of goods or services without the use of money or any other intervening medium of exchange. Barter is conducted either according to established rates of exchange or by bargaining.
 trade, buying and selling is their frequent activity. Most of the produce from the region is exported out of the lakes through these Chinese traders as well. Men from the area (mainly Iban) travel to Sarawak where they work as laborers.

With 3,600-mm rainfall per year the lakes are almost continuously filled with fresh water flowing into the Kapuas. Only during a short period from July to September does the water retreat causing some lakes to completely dry out. Water levels may rise and fall some 8 to 14 meters during average years. However, some years, like 1995 and 1996, no dry season occurred keeping water levels high.

This seasonality has great consequences for the vegetation. As a result most of the forests in the area are stunted stunt 1  
tr.v. stunt·ed, stunt·ing, stunts
To check the growth or development of.

n.
1. One that stunts.

2. One that is stunted.

3.
 forests, submerged for most of the year. In the dry season there is a great danger of forest fires This is a list of notorious forest fires: North America

Year Size Name Area Notes
1825 3,000,000 acres (12,000 km²) Miramichi Fire New Brunswick Killed 160 people.
, as relatively dense canopies dry out, and dried fallen leaves and wood act as a fuel layer on the soil. In the hillsides surrounding the reserve, forests continue to be cleared for shifting cultivation This article or section is written like a personal reflection or and may require .
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The end of the dry season is followed by a rise in water level, which leads to bud induction and a massive blooming A condition with older CCD devices that causes distortion at the pixel level. It occurs when the electrical charge created exceeds the storage capacity of the device and spills over into adjacent pixels. Newer CCDs incorporate anti-blooming circuitry to drain the excess charge. See CCD.  from December to February. This period of flower abundance is vital to the honeybee colonies. Due to the absence of a dry season in 1995 there was almost no honey harvest in early 1996. Beekeepers recalled the same phenomenon happening in 1969 and 1970. De Mol reported that 1931 was such a "wet" year (de Mol 1933).

The flooded forest vegetation consists of a dense system of thin branches and twigs, its canopy rises 6m (during the high water season) to 12 m (low water season) above the water level.

Unlike the submerged forests of U Minh in Vietnam where Melaleuca Melaleuca

see tea tree oil.
 leucadendron is the single dominant species, the Danau Sentarum flooded forest contains a variety of tree species. According to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 the honey collectors around 20 species are important for honey production. However, tembesu (Fagrea fragrans) is most important as it is used for making the tikung or honey planks. At present beekeepers recognise the following important nectar (i.e. honey) source trees:

Masung (Syzygium claviflora), tahun (Carallia bracteata), tengelam (Syzygium sp.), put at (Barringtonia acutangula Barringtonia acutangula is a species of Barringtonia native to coastal wetlands in southern Asia and northern Australasia, from Afghanistan east to the Philippines and Queensland.[1] References

1.
), kawi (Shorea balangeran Shorea balangeran (also called Red Balau) is a species of plant in the Dipterocarpaceae family. It is endemic to Indonesia. Source
  • Ashton, P. 1998. Shorea balangeran. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 23 August 2007.
), pecaras or bakras (Homalium caryophyllum), samak (Syzygium sp.) ubah (Syzygium ducifolium) and lebang (Vitex pinnata). The most popular are honeys from masung and tahun, which confirms the findings of de Mol (1933).

Superior honey is said to be produced from nectar of the ransa palm (Eugeissona ambigua) but this plant is very rare nowadays. The palm was heavily exploited in times of famine famine

Extreme and protracted shortage of food, resulting in widespread hunger and a substantial increase in the death rate. General famines affect all classes or groups in the region of food shortage; class famines affect some classes or groups much more severely than
 for its starch starch, white, odorless, tasteless, carbohydrate powder. It plays a vital role in the biochemistry of both plants and animals and has important commercial uses.  content.

Honey from putat, kawi, and timba tawang (Crudia teysmannia) are known for their bitter taste and, therefore, are less favored.

Tembesu wood and rattan rattan (rătăn`), name for a number of plants of the genera Calamus, Daemonorops, and Korthalsia climbing palms of tropical Asia, belonging to the family Palmae (palm family).  (e.g. Calamus calamus (kăl`əməs): see arum.  schizoarranthus) are among the most exploited products in the reserve. Tembesu hardwood from the wetland is preferred over dryland tembesu (Giesen 1987).

However, timber and rattan exploitation account for only 7% of the total overall income of the total population (6 and 1 percent respectively). By far the largest portion of income for the Malay is generated via fish resources: 89% (lake and river fish: 50%; caged fish: 30% and ornamental fish 9%). Honey production, though variable from year to year, contributes roughly 1% (Wickham 1995).

Honey Hunting Practice (2)

Although the tikung system is the most typical honey production method practised in the reserve, honey hunting from tall bee trees--a practice common to Asia and most probably much older than tikung--is also popular in this region.

This technique is locally called Lalau in Malay, or Tapang which is Iban for bee tree. (3) On elevated land and riverbanks adjacent to the lake area these tall trees often stand alone, due to clearing for agriculture on the levees. This marks the fact that these lalau or tapang are respected trees due to ownership, religious beliefs, or simply economic value. Between 10-50 and often up to 200 bees nests of Apis dorsata can be seen hanging from the thicker branches at 15-30 m high from the trunk forming a wide canopy. Although the bee colonies seasonally migrate to settle on the lalau tree, some trees have nests all year round. Others may only show abandoned combs during part of the year. Swarms (kaban) settle from December to February and are said to come from the hills or stone mountains The Stone Mountains (Polish: Góry Kamienne) is a mountain range in Central Sudetes on the border of the Czech Republic and Poland.  that can be seen at a distance surrounding the lakes. A second arrival of bees is said to occur each year from July until October. Honey is harvested on moonless nights in February. Starting in January some colonies from the se lalau trees are said to move to the tikung area--the dwarf or stunted forests in the lakes.

Although local customary laws (hukum adat) protect lalau trees, the number of these prominent trees is said to be decreasing due to the incidence of lightning and thunderstorm thunderstorm, violent, local atmospheric disturbance accompanied by lightning, thunder, and heavy rain, often by strong gusts of wind, and sometimes by hail. . (4) Also the cutting of bee trees is reported. (5) Due to clearance of the forest on the riverbanks no trees are available to the bees, as no new lalau have been planted. In primary forest sites young lalau trees are recognised by the people and protected.

Ownership of a lalau tree is maintained for life and can be inherited inherited

received by inheritance.


inherited achondroplastic dwarfism
see achondroplastic dwarfism.

inherited combined immunodeficiency
see combined immune deficiency syndrome (disease).
. Local customary laws define ownership, which has to be recognised by the local leadership. If accepted, the whole community is informed; no marks are made on the tree. Determining the right time of harvest is important, and once it is decided, the village head communicates this to all lalau owners and families that have the right to share part of the harvest. In the past, in the Kapuas River delta this communication sometimes required overnight travel for the messenger who carried a piece of knotted rattan, indicating the number of days remaining until the night of harvest (Dunselman 1959).

Harvest is done at or around the new moon. In most cases a group of local shamans-specialised bee hunters-gather for this activity. A few days before the harvest they start making a ladder (tatok or tatole) along the trunk of the bee tree up to the branches. Wooden pegs 30 cm long (pakau or jantak) made of bamboo bamboo, plant of the family Gramineae (grass family), chiefly of warm or tropical regions, where it is sometimes an extremely important component of the vegetation. It is most abundant in the monsoon area of E Asia.  are hammered ham·mered  
adj.
1. Shaped or worked with a metalworker's hammer and often showing the marks of these tools: a bowl of hammered brass.

2. Slang Drunk or intoxicated.

Adj.
 (by a palu, pemalu or tukul) into the tree trunk at a distance of 1.5-2 m. A long pole (sengayan) is attached to the end of each peg by rattan. When the ladder is finished, the harvest can commence. Usually around 7 pm, one or two honeyhunters ascend the ladder with a smouldering torch (tebauk or sempon) made of dried roots of jabai (Ficus microcarpa “Curtain fig” redirects here. For the Queensland, Australia strangler fig attraction, see Curtain Fig Tree.

Ficus microcarpa, also known as Chinese Banyan, Malayan Banyan, Indian Laurel or Curtain fig
), a wooden knife (beladau) and a basket (rintong or terenong) attached to the hunter's waist by a long piece of rope.

The hunters sing songs at various stages of the harvest. There appears to be a basic text formula, which is sung in 5 stages: (I) finishing the ladder; (2) clearing the bees from the nest; (3) cutting the comb; (4) hoisting the basket; and (5) descending descending /des·cend·ing/ (de-send´ing) extending inferiorly.  the ladder. The songs pass from fathers to sons and are sung to the spirits of the trees to make them friendly.

The songs are humorous and tease tease (tez) to pull apart gently with fine needles to permit microscopic examination.

tease
v.
 the crowd below, who respond with a whooping whoop  
n.
1.
a. A loud cry of exultation or excitement.

b. A shout uttered by a hunter or warrior.

2. A hooting cry, as of a bird.

3. The paroxysmal gasp characteristic of whooping cough.
 yell. Often honey is mentioned in reference to a women or young girl's beauty and their sexual attractiveness. Local and regional politics can also receive mention in the spontaneous lyrics lyrics npl [of song] → paroles fpl

lyrics lyric npl [of song] → Text m 
 of the creative singers/honey hunters (Anonymous 1996, Dunselman 1959, and de Vries de Vries. For some persons thus named use Vries.  1994).
We recorded one such song by a Malay honey hunter from Semalah (6):


TUNTUNG JANTAK

Tempukung sekuta bangan
Oh nemiak belahar nyumpit
Pakau ku tuntung tapang dan
Udah ku anjak enda begerak
Udah ku init enda beretit
Paya lucak ulu Tempunak
Ningkam di dalam ulu Sekayam
O...o...o...

NEPAS

Bukan emas sembarang emas
Emas pelinggang se dari Jawa
Bukan tepas sembareng tepas
Serdap di diam si jaga rengas
O...o...o...

THE LADDER IS READY

There are nests of ants in the jungle.
Children learn to shoot the sumpit (blow darts).
I have already made the pakau (ladder steps) on the tapang tree.
I climbed, but the ladder didn't move.
Mud in the upper Tempunak river.
And in the upper Sekayam river
O...o...o... (yelling by the crowd)

CLEARING AWAY THE BEES

Not just any gold.
This gold pan is from Java.
Not just to clear away the bees.
But to make the spirits of the rengas tree friendly.
O...o...o...

MINTA MADU

Tetak kayu si tetak kayu
Tetak kayu secapit Ubah
Anang nuan seisi' madu
Pecit susu dara di rumah
O...o...o...

NGULUR

Ngiang-ngiang akar genali
Unjung di rumpu' setabah tabah
Jaga nuan ini' Sengiang Tali
Kami ngulur lingang bunga lingang kebaca
O...o...o...

PULANG

Perang alu, perang kelelap
Perang di lengkong si kayu ara
Pulang ayu, pulang semengat
Pulang semua kita berdua
O...o...o...

TAKING THE HONEY

Cut the log, cut the log.
The logs are cut from the ubah tree.
Don't have any honey.
Else I'll squeeze the girl's breast in the house.
O...o...o...

BRINGING DOWN THE HONEY

Hanging around the roots of the genali tree.
Don't be afraid to bring it to the grass.
Ask Grandmother Sengiang Tali to protect you.
We are bringing down some honey from the kebaca tree's flower.
O...o...o...

GOING HOME

We've fought against the bess.
We've fought against the ara tree's twisted bumps.
Go home spirits.
Let's go home all of us.
O...o...o...


Once the honey hunter reaches the branch above a comb, a wooden knife is used to cut the comb. With a smouldering torch the bees are brushed brushed  
adj.
Having a nap produced by brushing: a dress made of brushed cotton.


brushed
Adjective

Textiles
 away from the comb, after which they disappear as falling sparks. (7) It is believed that an iron knife should not be used in order not to wound the bark bark, sailing vessel
bark or barque (both: bärk), sailing vessel with three masts, of which the mainmast and the foremast are square-rigged while the mizzenmast is fore-and-aft-rigged.
 of the tree, after which the bees will not return. In some cases the broodcomb (sarang anak) is cut separately and thrown below. The honeycomb honeycomb

a mosaic of closely packed units with depressed centers giving a honeycomb appearance.


honeycomb ringworm
see favus.

honeycomb stomach
reticulum.
 is then cut and put into the basket that is lowered to the ground. Traditionally a piece of honeycomb is also thrown to the ground in order to please any bad spirits (pedara).

Honey collected from a single lalau tree may be hundreds of kilograms, depending on the number of nests. Rouquette (1995) witnessed a crop of 140 kg from more than 20 nests on one lalau tree. In this case 16 people, owners and hunters alike, shared the honey. Division of harvests seems to vary with every situation. Agreements are most probably made ad hoc For this purpose. Meaning "to this" in Latin, it refers to dealing with special situations as they occur rather than functions that are repeated on a regular basis. See ad hoc query and ad hoc mode.  prior to harvest.

Bee nests in lalau trees are said to contain more honey compared with tikung nests. However, losses due to spillage are higher with lalau. The actual honey crop from a nest of a lalau tree is much less than 10 kg. As mentioned above, in the lake region honey harvest from lalau trees is of less importance than from tikung. In recent years the proportion of lalau honey has declined due to the decreasing number of la/au trees. Furthermore, tikung is more popular as it is an easier and safer way to crop honey.

Apart from honey, beeswax is also collected, mainly refined from the honeycombs. The combs are boiled boiled  
adj. Slang
Intoxicated; drunk.

Adj. 1. boiled - cooked in hot water
poached, stewed

cooked - having been prepared for eating by the application of heat
 after which the liquid is filtered. A nest with 6 kg of honey would also render about 0.5 kg of wax. Prices were relatively high in January 1996 due to scarcity Scarcity

The basic economic problem which arises from people having unlimited wants while there are and always will be limited resources. Because of scarcity, various economic decisions must be made to allocate resources efficiently.
: about 2,500 Rp. (about 1.20 US$) for 1 kg of honey and 3,000 Rp. for 1 kg of wax. Bee brood brood
n.
See litter.



brood

offspring or pertaining to offspring.


brood mare
a mare dedicated to the production of foals.
 (mainly larvae Larvae, in Roman religion
Larvae: see lemures.
 and first stage pupae) from a harvested comb is consumed instantaneously in·stan·ta·ne·ous  
adj.
1. Occurring or completed without perceptible delay: Relief was instantaneous.

2.
 by the villagers.

Repak

Besides Apis dorsata nests on la/au trees, another type of wild nests is referred to as repak or terepak: trees in the forests that host single or only a few nests without the assurance of colonies coming back to the same tree in subsequent years.

Such trees can be of any size and are found as tall trees in the rainforest as well as in stunted trees. Instead of the tree, the finder finder, in law. Ordinarily the finder of lost property is entitled to retain it against anyone except the owner. It is larceny, however, for the finder to keep the property if he knows or can easily determine who owns it.  claims ownership of the nest. In order to do so they temporarily mark the tree (pal), or place a board (kecilik) indicating their ownership of the nest, after which they give notice to the village headman. In regions where much honey is collected from repak, (in stunted submerged forests) tikung production is also high. In the higher forests some tall repak trees may become la/au trees (i.e., trees to which bee colonies return to make their nest year after year). (8)

Tikung

Among the honey hunters that collect honey using the la/au and repak systems, many (mostly Malays living along the lakes) also collect honey using the tikung technique. Tikung is the name of a carved carve  
v. carved, carv·ing, carves

v.tr.
1.
a. To divide into pieces by cutting; slice: carved a roast.

b.
 hardwood plank (approximately 0.8-2.5 m long by 25-40 cm wide); one side has a convex Convex

Curved, as in the shape of the outside of a circle. Usually referring to the price/required yield relationship for option-free bonds.
 and the other side a concave Concave

Property that a curve is below a straight line connecting two end points. If the curve falls above the straight line, it is called convex.
 shape. It is made of tembesu (Fagraea fragrans) or sometimes medang (Litsea sp.). It takes a man more than one day to make a tikung plank.

Such planks are attached to tree branches in the stunted submerged forests. The ends of the planks are carved with notches (mainly rectangular rec·tan·gu·lar  
adj.
1. Having the shape of a rectangle.

2. Having one or more right angles.

3. Designating a geometric coordinate system with mutually perpendicular axes.
, but sometimes V-shaped) to which a wooden peg is inserted, thus attaching it to a branch.

Tikung planks are positioned with a slope of about 30[degrees] with the upper part oriented o·ri·ent  
n.
1. Orient The countries of Asia, especially of eastern Asia.

2.
a. The luster characteristic of a pearl of high quality.

b. A pearl having exceptional luster.

3.
 towards the open sky. The concave side faces downward, so the upper convex side can facilitate rainwater runoff Runoff

The procedure of printing the end-of-day prices for every stock on an exchange onto ticker tape.

Notes:
If the "tape is late" then it can take a long time to print off all the closing prices.
. Sometimes a pole is horizontally attached about 2 m below the tikung to permit the owners to stand on it while attaching and/or harvesting it.

Tikung planks can last over 2 generations (40 years), and can still be used after enduring a serious forest fire.

Ownership of a tikung is indicated by an owner's mark (tikap), usually a series of indentations at the side of the plank, recognised as the family mark. Each new generation adds a new indent To align text some number of spaces to the right of the left margin. See hanging paragraph.  (taka ta·ka  
n.
See Table at currency.



[Bengali
). This mark system is complicated, but well understood by all tikung holders in the same area.

In one day 5 to 6 tikung planks can be positioned in the submerged forest, which is usually 2 meters above the highest water level during rainy rain·y  
adj. rain·i·er, rain·i·est
Characterized by, full of, or bringing rain.



raini·ness n.

Adj.
 season. Trees preferred to hang tikung planks are kamsia (Mesua hexapetala), masung (Syzygium claviflora) and empai (Crudia teysmannia).

Bee swarms arrive at tikung areas during the same period as the la/au (i.e., December to February), which also depends on the timing of the preceding dry season. However, the tikung harvest period is always after a lalau harvest. Prior to the arrival of the swarms, some minor clearance of the tikung undergrowth and a small boat channel to the tikung may be made. The last blossoms from the tahun (Carallia bracteata) indicate that honey is ready for harvest.

Honey collection from tikung resembles that from lalau. However, no songs are sung, as no spirits are believed to live in tikung trees. It is a collective practice. Harvest is done on moonless nights, usually from 7 p.m. till 4-5 am during which more than 20 tikung can be harvested.9

Harvest tools are similar to those for lalau. At present a plastic or tin container is used instead of the traditional bark/rattan basket. A wooden knife (never an iron one) is used to cut the comb. Tikung honey collectors believe that if the comb is cut with iron, the bees won't return to the site next season. Also there is a fear for wounding each other in the dark when harvesting with a sharp iron knife. No protective clothing is worn.

The nests are approached in small boats (sampan). A man reaches up close to the tikung to smoke away the bees. All bees either fall into the water and drown drown  
v. drowned, drown·ing, drowns

v.tr.
1. To kill by submerging and suffocating in water or another liquid.

2. To drench thoroughly or cover with or as if with a liquid.

3.
 or crawl To search the Internet for hosts, Web pages or blogs. See crawler.  up to branches and leaves, as it is too dark to navigate (1) "Surfing the Web." To move from page to page on the Web.

(2) To move through the menu structure in a software application.
 and fly. In order to ensure floating bees do not crawl into the boat, other men in the boat use paddles (or their hands) to move the water away from the boat. Usually the brood comb The brood comb is the beeswax structure of cells where the queen bee lays eggs. It is the part of the beehive where new brood is raised by the colony. During the summer a good queen may lay 1500-2000 eggs per day, which results in 1500-2000 bees hatching after the three week  (sarang anak) is first cut and put on top of the tikung plank. Then the honeycomb, usually at the head of the tikung is cut and put into a basket.

Bees are not likely to return to the tikung the following day and are believed to return to the mountain area. All tikung nests in the same vicinity must be harvested the same night to avoid some remaining nests being robbed by other bees.

Tikung owners are mainly Malay men, however, during harvest nights women and children may join as well. Traditionally the tikung owners within the same area formed groups (kelompok tikung), who abide by their own rules and regulations (hukum adat) These groups also put their tikung in the same area. Both that area and the groups are called priyau. In the past each priyau belonged to headmen The Headmen is a group of fictional supervillains in the Marvel Comics universe. They first appeared (as a team) in The Defenders #21 (March 1975). History
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, who gave his subordinates rights to place the tikung. The priyau area was hereditary HEREDITARY. That which is inherited.  and sometimes subdivided to each one of the inheritants. The owner marks on the tikung reflect these interdependencies of tikung holders in the same priyau caused by inheritance. (10)

At present rules applying to tikung owners in the same priyau include: a minimum number of tikung to be put up (e.g. 25 in Leboyan); obligation to put all tikung in one priyau only; a minimum distance between two tikung positions (e.g. 15m in Leboyan); and report the number and positions of tikung to the head of the priyau ("Ketua priyau" (11)).

Rouquette's report (1995) gives data on the number of families, tikung holders and number of tikung per family for selected villages in five main tikung areas: 30% of the families owned tikung, one family having from 10-500 (in Leboyan the average was 81 per family (12)). The number of tikung occupied by bee nests for that season (1994) was around 23%.

Average honey yield per nest was around 6 kg. This figure was similar to individual beekeepers' responses when interviewed.

Based on extrapolation (mathematics, algorithm) extrapolation - A mathematical procedure which estimates values of a function for certain desired inputs given values for known inputs.

If the desired input is outside the range of the known values this is called extrapolation, if it is inside then
, Rouquette calculated a total production figure for all of the Danau Sentarum Lake area for that year to be between 20 and 25 tons. As such 1994 was believed a normal year. This is contrary to 1996, in which due to the absence of a dry (low water) season in 1995 almost no honey from tikung was collected. Based on her figures between 150 and 250 families engage in tikung honey collection, which roughly translates to 25% of the population. De Mol (1932) estimated 500 families engaged in tikung, i.e., approximately 50% of the lake's population during the time of research.

Honey and Beeswax Related Activities of the DSWR Conservation Project

In late 1994, the DSWR Conservation Project began a series of community-based income generating activities to act as "entry-points" to gain local interest in participating in other management and conservation initiatives of the project.

The rationale behind this work was that by facilitating alternative or improved community incomes for products made/harvested on a sustainable basis, the project would establish a greater incentive for communities to actively conserve and improve the management of the Reserve's resources. Through skills training, assistance in product development and design and improved marketing for previously unused or under-utilised natural resources, the DSWR Project helped increase the value of these resources and products for the benefit of both the natural resources and communities of DSWR.

This work initially began with a plan to bottle locally collected DSWR honey and market it directly to consumers in Pontianak. As honey was generally sold through a variety of traders before reaching the market, honey harvesters received a meagre mea·ger also mea·gre  
adj.
1. Deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; scanty.

2. Deficient in richness, fertility, or vigor; feeble: the meager soil of an eroded plain.

3.
 portion of its end-sale value. By selling direct to Pontianak, the project hoped to significantly increase the value of the honey for the producers. (13) Based on the same principles, the project also embarked upon similar activities involving the design, production, and marketing of beeswax candles. (14)

Largely owing to owing to
prep.
Because of; on account of: I couldn't attend, owing to illness.

owing to prepdebido a, por causa de 
 the remote location and conservation status of the Reserve, the honey collected in the DSWR is organic and free of additives. This combined with the honey's unique natural flavors and characteristics, traditional harvesting techniques and its association as a non-timber forest product supporting local community development make this product highly marketable. In fact in the 18-month period from March 1995 to October 1996, the DSWR Project marketed over 2,000 kg in Pontianak, Jakarta, Riau, and Singapore. Demonstrating the broad marketability of this product--an additional 1,000-kg was also shipped to the UK in 1997.

Largely due to the similarity Similarity is some degree of symmetry in either analogy and resemblance between two or more concepts or objects. The notion of similarity rests either on exact or approximate repetitions of patterns in the compared items.  between the tikung collection system practised by the honeyhunters in the flooded forests of DSWR and the rafter honeyboard system in southern Vietnam, the DSWR project was approached by Vincent Mulder (a representative of CIDSE--a Dutch development NGO NGO
abbr.
nongovernmental organization

Noun 1. NGO - an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government
nongovernmental organization
 and NECTAR--the Netherlands Centre for Tropical Apicultural Resources) to facilitate an exchange between DSWR honey collectors and their counterparts who collect honey in the seasonally flooded melaleuca forests of the U Minh Forest in the Minh Hai Province of southern Vietnam.

The first part of the exchange took place in January 1996 with Mulder and Koon de'Baber attending. (15) The visit identified numerous similarities between the two traditional systems, but also highlighted techniques that could improve bee and colony management, honey harvesting, and wax processing in DSWR. Addressing some of these issues would help ensure the long-term sustainability of the bee colonies, increase the quantity and quality of the yields, and thereby advance the goals of conservation by improving the financial viability of the honey and beeswax enterprises.

These and other issues were discussed with honey harvesters from eight villages during the Mulder/de'Barber visit. (16) However, because honey collection techniques have been practised in the same way for generations, most individuals remained sceptical about the advantages of Mulder and de'Barber's advice. To overcome this, it was suggested that a field visit to the U Minh Forest, where honey collectors from DSWR could see concrete examples of the recommended changes in management and harvesting practices for themselves, would be an excellent way to promote improvement to the tikung system in DSWR.

DSWR Honey Collectors' Study Tour to Vietnam

Three individuals from DSWR attended the study tour--this included two honey collectors from DSWR and one Project staff member experienced in bees. A representative of the Indonesian Ministry of Forests also joined. The group was lead by the Natural Resources Advisor of the DSWR Conservation Project.

During the Vietnamese Study Tour, the DSWR delegates attended a 2-day seminar and field trip where they exchanged their experiences in honeyboard placement, honeycomb management, harvesting, quality control production, and marketing of honey and beeswax with their Vietnamese counterparts.

The delegates also attended the 3rd Annual Apicultural Association Conference in Hanoi where they learned about the beekeeping systems of other Asia and Pacific Rim Pacific Rim, term used to describe the nations bordering the Pacific Ocean and the island countries situated in it. In the post–World War II era, the Pacific Rim has become an increasingly important and interconnected economic region.  countries.

Lessons Learned to Improve the Traditional Tikung Honey Collections System of DSWR

In general, the DSWR participants gained a greater understanding about the value of bees and bee products and the various types of beekeeping and management systems throughout Asia. More importantly, they became more aware of the significant interest in, and importance of, their honey harvesting system. In particular, they were exposed to many ideas, techniques, and concepts which have the potential to produce larger quantities of improved quality honey and beeswax and so generate additional income for their communities, while also supporting principles of sustainable development Sustainable development is a socio-ecological process characterized by the fulfilment of human needs while maintaining the quality of the natural environment indefinitely. The linkage between environment and development was globally recognized in 1980, when the International Union .

Below are some of the techniques that the DSWR project field staff initiated with the honey harvesters of Danau Sentarum. Following the completion of the DSWR Conservation Project, these initiatives continued to be implemented by the Yayasan Dian Tama field staff. (17)

Following the Vietnamese Study Tour, Project staff undertook basic training workshops and discussions with honey harvesters on how to improve their harvesting and processing techniques. Some of these techniques (i.e. 1 and 3) involved harvesting demonstrations in the field, while other techniques (i.e. 6 and 7) were best taught through the design and distribution of a simple poster showing a step-by-step approach to each technique. For other techniques (i.e. 2, 4 and 5) basic proto-types were constructed and shared among honey harvesters to help demonstrate their advantages.
Table 1

Techniques for Improved Tikung Beekeeping and Honey/Beeswax Yields

Current Practice in  Problems with            Suggested
DSWR (tikung)        Practice                 Improvement

1. Honey combs are   * Bees need daylight to  * If daytime harvesting
   collected at        navigate                 is combined with
   night when bees   * Night harvest results
   are most decile     in bees
                       loosing                  it allows bees to
                       orientation,             navigate and
                       falling in wate          return to the
                       and dying                comb to
                     * Remaining bees           continue
                       scatter and do           producing
                       not build new            honey.
                       combs or
                       produce more
                       honey

2. Bees are          * High bee               * Hand-held
   distracted from     mortality as a           "smokers" can
   combs with          result of bees           be used to ward
   smoke from          being burned             off bees with no
   smouldering       * Potential forest         direct exposure
   torches with        fire hazard              to burning
   exposed/                                     embers.
   burning embers

3. Honeycombs are    * Potential quality      * Selected cutting
   harvested only      of honey harvest         of only the
   once per season,    is under-utilised        honey portion of
                     * Full financial           the comb
                       value of wax             (leaving the
                       and honey is lost        brood intact)
                                                would permit 2-
                                                3 harvests per
                                                season

4. Honeycombs are    * Imprecise              * Using metal
   traditionally       cutting of comb          knife would
   harvested by        leads to                 ensure only
   cutting with        unnecessary              honey-portion of
   wooden knives,      comb damage              comb is
                       and reduced              harvested
                       honey                  * Remaining
                       production               comb can be left
                                                to yield more
                                                honey

5. Honeycombs are    * Results in rapid       * Some protective
   harvested           harvesting and           gear could be
   without             increased                used from
   protective gear.    damage to                simple head-nets
                       combs                    to gloves
                     * Greater
                       likelihood for
                       bee mortality




6. Honey is          * Pollen is mixed        * Combs should
   generally           with honey               be cut into small
   extracted from      resulting in             pieces, placed
   the combs by        cloudy honey             on clean cloth
   squeezing entire    with less market         and allowed to
   combs by hand.      appeal                   drain over night
                     * Unhygienic


7. Beeswax is        * Potential              * A system of
   often               quantity of wax          melting the wax
   contaminated,       harvest is under-        in boiling water,
   discarded, or       utilised                 cloth strained
   incompletely      * Additional               and processing
   harvested,          financial value          with a stick-
                       to collector is          wax-press can
                       lost                     yield up to 47%
                                                more wax

Current Practice in  Advantage
DSWR (tikung)

1. Honey combs are   * Lower bee
   collected at        mortality during
   night when bees   * Increased
   are most decile     sustainability of
                       bee colonies










2. Bees are          * Lower bee
   distracted from     mortality
   combs with        * Reduced risk of
   smoke from          forest fire
   smouldering
   torches with
   exposed/
   burning embers

3. Honeycombs are    * Quantity of
   harvested only      honey harvest
   once per season,    increases
                     * Income to
                       community
                       increases
                     * Incentive to
                       protect forest
                       increases

4. Honeycombs are    * Allows combs to
   traditionally       be harvested
   harvested by        multiple times in
   cutting with        same season
   wooden knives,    * Additional
                       benefits as
                       above




5. Honeycombs are    * More time and
   harvested           care can be
   without             taken during
   protective gear.    harvest
                     * Reduced
                       damage to comb
                       and bees
                     * May ensure
                       fewer hives
                       remain
                       unharvested

6. Honey is          * Quality of honey
   generally           increases
   extracted from    * Incomes to
   the combs by        communities
   squeezing entire    increases
   combs by hand.    * Incentive to
                       protect forest
                       increases

7. Beeswax is        * Quality and
   often               quantity of wax
   contaminated,       increases
   discarded, or     * Incomes to
   incompletely        community
   harvested,          increases
                     * Incentive to
                       protect forest
                       increases


(1.) This is one project under the Indonesia-UK Tropical Forest Management Programme. The DSWR Conservation Project was implemented by Wetlands International-Indonesia Programme.

(2.) In this paper we only deal with Apis dorsata (mwonji) that produces almost all of the honey in the area. However Apis florea/andreniformis (Mwonji lalat) is present in the area and is only occasionally hunted. Apis cerana Apis cerana, or the Asiatic honey bee (or the Eastern honey bee), are small honey bees of southern and southeastern Asia, such as China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea.  (nyerungan) is rare for the lake region, but is found in tree cavities in the higher rain forest surrounding the reserve. Also stingless bees Stingless bees are a large group of bees, comprising the tribe Meliponini (sometimes called stingless honey bees) in the family Apidae, and closely-related to the common honey bees, carpenter bees, orchid bees and bumblebees.  (engke lulut) are known to produce small amounts of honey.

(3.) Tree species that bees occupy in this area are predominantly pre·dom·i·nant  
adj.
1. Having greatest ascendancy, importance, influence, authority, or force. See Synonyms at dominant.

2.
: rengas: Gluta renghas; tempurau: Dipterocarpus gracilis Dipterocarpus gracilis is a species of tree in the family Dipterocarpaceae endemic to Kalimantan. The species is found in Bangladesh, India (the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Tripura), Indonesia (Java, Kalimantan, Sumatra), Peninsular Malaysia, ; ran: D. tempehes; and menungau: Vatica menungau.

(4.) In Meliau 22 lalau 6 persons currently own trees. 10 years ago this number of trees was 30, 8 have been felled by storm and/or lightning.

(5.) Around 1960 183 lalau trees were cut by their Iban owners near Semalah village, for purpose of shifting cultivation. At present only 6 trees remain. Reasons for cutting here also include low honey prices or area disputes. Such latter conflicts, mainly between Iban and Malay groups date back more than a hundred years, when little kingdoms tried to increase their territories (see Colfer et al, 1993).

(6.) Thanks to the singer Mr. Abdullah Sani. He sang this song in the presence of many villagers in the house while it was recorded on video.

(7.) A video made by Michael Gries, (Inst. fur Bienenkunde Oberursel, Germany) on such bee tree harvesting, was shown during the 3rd Asian Apicultural Association Conference in Hanoi and shows such nocturnal nocturnal /noc·tur·nal/ (nok-tur´n'l) pertaining to, occurring at, or active at night.

noc·tur·nal
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or occurring in the night.

2.
 activity in great detail, using infrared An invisible band of radiation at the lower end of the visible light spectrum. With wavelengths from 750 nm to 1 mm, infrared starts at the end of the microwave spectrum and ends at the beginning of visible light.  camera recording techniques. It can clearly be observed that some bees fall down as sparks, others falling without being affected by the flames, though not able to fly and orient o·ri·ent
v.
1. To locate or place in a particular relation to the points of the compass.

2. To align or position with respect to a point or system of reference.

3.
 itself.

(8.) Typical repak tree species are: engkunik: Antidesma stipulare; engkupak: Baccaurea racemosa; Rengas: Gluta renghas; and tengkurung asam: Microcos ceramensis (Rouquette 1995. Honey Harvesting: Developing Alternative Sources of Income in the Danau Sentarum Wildlife Reserve, West Kalimantan West Kalimantan (Indonesian: Kalimantan Barat often abbreviated to Kalbar) is a province of Indonesia. It is one of four Indonesian provinces in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. Its capital city Pontianak is located right on the Equator line. , Indonesia., Pontianak: Danau Sentarum Wildlife Conservation Project: Indonesia-UK Tropical Forest Management Programme).

(9.) In discussions with beekeepers, they said to harvest during the daytime Daytime may refer to:
  • Daytime (astronomy), the time between sunrise and sunset, on Earth or elsewhere
  • The DAYTIME protocol, used on computer networks
  • Daytime television
  • Daytime (album), a single by the German band Jane

 would be very dangerous as bees sting fiercely during this time. However, in the village of Belibis we were told that in recent years a small group of tikung holders had started daytime collecting, using large quantities of smoke. They now seemed to favour daytime harvest as it could be done more rapidly, due to better visibility. After a harvest, the bees returned to the tikung for some days, after which they would swarm away.

(10.) We found such mark lineages among priyau members in Belibis. As a rule a new tikung owner adds one more indents to the mark from which he inherited ownership.

(11.) De Mol (1933) uses the name Kepala tikung, who would only be in charge seasonally, as the fishing communities during part of the year moved elsewhere.

(12.) By contrast, in 1932 De Mol found an average of 90 tikung per family in Leboyan.

(13.) The initial stages of this work are reported in Rouquette. (1995. Honey Harvesting: Developing Alternative Sources of Income in the Danau Sentarum Wildlife Reserve, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Pontianak: Danau Sentarum Wildlife Conservation Project: Indonesia-UK Tropical Forest Management Programme).

(14.) A more thorough description of these and similar products produced by the residents of DSWR and the development of a DSWR Conservation Products Enterprise are described in Wickham, Trevor. 1997b. Two Years of Community-Based Participation in Wetland Conservation--A Review of the Activities and Challenges of the Danau Sentarum Wildlife Reserve Conservation Project, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia: Danau Sentarum Wildlife Reserve Conservation Project, Project 5: Conservation, Indonesia-UK Tropical Forest Management Programme. and Wickham, Trevor. 1997a. Continuing the Development of the Danau Sentarum Conservation Products Trading Enterprise (1997-2000). Danau Sentarum Wildlife Reserve, West Kalimantan, Indonesia: Danau Sentarum Wildlife Reserve Conservation Project, Project 5: Conservation, Indonesia-UK Tropical Forest Management Programme. A review of the continuation of these initiatives by Yayasan Dian Tama following the end of the Indonesia-UK sponsored DSWR Conserva tion Project activities in 1997 is contained in Heri, Valentinus, Ade Jumhur, and Tri Renya Altaria. 2000. "Laporan Akhir Proyek-Kegiatan Pembinaan Hasil-Hasil Hutan Bukan Kayu di Taman Nasional Danau Sentarum Juli 1997-Juni 2000. Pontianak: Yayasan Dian Tama..

(15.) Unfortunately, due to visa difficulties, the Vietnamese honey harvesters from U Minh could not attend.

(16.) The results of this study tour are contained in Mulder, Vincent. 1996a. Summary of the Results of the Study Visit to the Upper Kapuas Lake Region, West Kalimantan on Tikung Beekeeping (9-19 January, 1996) and Mulder, Vincent. 1996b. Traditional Honey and Wax Collection with Apis Dorsata in the Upper Kapuas Lake Region, West Kalimantan. in 3rd Asian Apiculture Association Conference. Hanoi, Vietnam.

(17.) Following the completion of the Indonesia/UK Tropical Forest Management Programme's support to the DSWR Conservation Project, a Pontianak-based NGO--Yayasan Dian Tama--with the financial assistance of the British Embassy (Jakarta) and Global Concern (Singapore)--continued to develop and implement many of the activities of the DSWR Conservation Products Trading Enterprise (Heri, Valentinus, Ade Jumhur, and Tri Renya Altaria. 2000, Laporan Akhir Proyek--Kegiatan Pembinaan Hasil-Hasil Hutan Bukan Kayu di Taman Nasional Danau Sentarum Juli 1997-Juni 2000. Pontianak: Yayasan Dian Tama).

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