One of the main goal of the BPRACTICES project is to define harmonized good beekeeping practices (GBPs) and biosafety measures in beekeeping (BMBs).
Here you can see the first attempt to list harmonized GBPs and BMBs in collaboration with researchers and beekeepers of different countries in the world, as an output of BPRACTICES project.
Good beekeeping practices are ‘those integrative activities that beekeepers apply for on-apiary production to attain optimal health for humans, honeybees and the environment’. The implementation of the GBPs, therefore, would have a positive effect on colony health, on society, and at the same time could favour high production standards.
To the other side, biosafety measures in beekeeping are “all those operational activities implemented by the beekeeper to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of specific honeybee disease agent”.
While the BMBs could vary according to the geographical areas (e.g. caused by different climatic conditions, beekeeping technology, bee races, differences in prevalence, virulence and economic impact of the diseases), GBPs are general concepts that are universally accepted.
GBPs represent the basis for the good beekeeping and the proper disease control.