About us

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 Lima

Ana is engineer and podcaster. Raised in the Amazon, she has lived on three different continents and sees her "home's" global importance. She believes it's important to address both environmental and social questions for land and people to flourish.

Ana Rosa de Lima

Director
Cynthia Rabelo

Cynthia is pedagogue and storyteller born and raised between the rivers Negro and Solimões. She builds deep relationships in the communities to celebrate and honour the Amazonian heritage while developing collaborative educational work.

Cynthia Rabelo

Bees and Education Leader
Patricia Nunes Silva

Biologist, master in Ecology, PhD in Entomology and science disseminator. Patrícia studies bee biology and ecology since 2002. In 2020 she started "louca das abelhas" on social media. Her research focuses on stingless bees's foraging behaviour.

Patricia Nunes Silva

Bees Expert
Gabriel Costa Oliveira

Biologist (UFPA - Pará Federal University), master in herpetology (Museu Emílio Goeldi) and science disseminator (Herpaid'égua). Born and raised in Pará, he lives between Marabá and Belém.

Gabriel Costa Oliveira

Science Team
Thalita Barredo

Agriculture engineer (UFRA - Amazonian Rural Federal University), she had experiences with apiculture and meliponiculture since the start of her studies. From Marabá, she studied in Parauapebas, in the Southeast of Pará.

Thalita Barredo

Bees Specialist
Sina von der Heyde

Sina is a Forestry student raised in Portugal, where she learned to love and appreciate nature. She is passionate about global justice, believing that reconnecting to nature will solve environmental issues and bring humans all over the world closer.

Sina von der Heyde

Communication

Community Board

José Luís Costa

- Smallholder community (assentamento) Califórnia, Maranhão
- Journalist
- MST Activist

José Luís Costa

Campesino Board
Raquel Paz

- Quilombo Bracinho do Icatu, Pará
- Pedagogy
- Rural inclusive education

Raquel Paz

Quilombola Board
Jonas Guajajara

- Arariboia indigenous territory, Maranhão
- Agroecology technician
- Native beekeeper

Jonas Guajajara

Indigenous Board
Reni Lourenço

- Smallholder community (assentamento) Frei Henri, Pará
- Smallholder

Reni Lourenço

Campesino Board
Wandro Cruz

- Araguaina, Tocantins
- Agricultural Extension
- Agricultural technician
- Native beekeeper

Wandro Cruz

Beekeeper Board

Advisory Board

Gabriella Crescini

- International cooperation,
- Financing and marketing.

Gabriella Crescini

Strategy and Impact Advisor
Christoph Grüter

- Prof. Uni. Bristol
- Author of the book Stingless Bees: Behaviour, Ecology, Evolution

Christoph Grüter

Academic Advisor
Christine Gould

- Food & Ag
- TFF Founder
- UN Food System Advisor

Christine Gould

Strategy Advisor
Marco Garofalo

- Commercial strategy
- International & Commercial law

Marco Garofalo

Strategy Advisor

Who is impacted?

We act with traditional communities (indigenous, quilombola and smallholders) in a region know as “arc of deforestation”, some of the most endangered areas of the Brazilian Amazon.

We are here to build an “Arc of Regeneration”!

Testimonies