Meli Bees Network gUG is a non-profit organisation based in Baden-Württemberg, with roots in the most endangered areas of the Amazon. Inspired by the Meliponini bees, aims to create environmentally and economically sustainable activities that allows both land and people to flourish.
We bridge the traditional communities in the Amazon area, researchers and environmentally engaged groups around the globe to deliver thriving cooperation to achieve a large and effective positive impact on the global climate.
Who we are
Meli was started by a new generation of Amazonian leaders who have witnessed first-hand the rapid destruction of our home in the last decades. We see the need to strength the protection and regeneration in our area, acknowledging social and environmental questions.
Ana Rosa de LimaDirector
Cynthia RabeloBees and Education Leader
Patricia Nunes SilvaBees Expert
Gabriel Costa OliveiraScience Team
Thalita BarredoBees Specialist
Sina von der HeydeCommunication
José Luís CostaCampesino Board
Raquel PazQuilombola Board
Jonas GuajajaraIndigenous Board
Reni LourençoCampesino Board
Wandro CruzBeekeeper Board
Gabriella CresciniStrategy and Impact Advisor
Christoph GrüterAcademic Advisor
Christine GouldStrategy Advisor
Marco GarofaloStrategy Advisor
How we Work?
Our Network is made of:
Contributors Team: Contributors developing clear paid or volunteer activities in the network, that might take place in any region around the world,
Community Members: Anyone who self-identifies as members of indigenous, quilombola, campesino or other rural and urban communities, committed with leading socioenvironmental positive impact can apply to be a Community Member. The Meli Core Team they would join should decide regard the application via consent. Lacking a Core Team in their region, Global Team should check the possibility to open a new Team in the particular region. Any Community Member can either apply or be invited to the Community Board and/or to their respective regional Core Team.
Advisory Board: experts who advise the Network if needed.
A Team should be present in each location where Meli is active. Each Team should have a Core Team made of Contributors of Community Members
Teams in the Global North: Meli Bees Network in Ochsenhausen,
Teams in the Global South: Associação Rede Meli Maranhão, Associação Rede Meli Sudeste do Pará.
The leadership groups of the Network:
Global Core Team: direction board of each Team, regardless of location.
Regional Core Team: direction board of the Team in the respective region,
Community Board: representation of Communities profiles,
Activities Boards: each core activity supported by Meli (agroforestry, native beekeeping, technology, culture, etc.) should have a board made of Contributors, Community Members and/or Advisors who can be involved on particular projects/activities.
Project/Activity Groups: Persons who are going to be involved in a particular project or activity. Projects and activities can be suggested by any Meli Member via diverse open channels, as our monthly community meetings or community groups. Regional/Global Core Members can engage on project/activity in a clear working group. The working group of each activity will be the decision-makers of this particular activity, based on consent.