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Project May 10, 2022

The Impact of Deforestation on Apis Dorsata Habitat in Nagari Latang



New land clearing and illegal logging have made a lasting impact on wild bee habitats and the production of Sialang Honey managed by the Forest Farmers Group (KTH) Ingin Maju in Nagari Latang, Lubuk Tarok District, Sijunjung Regency, West Sumatra, Indonesia. In 2017, the Sialang KTH Ingin Maju annual honey production reached 4000 kilograms; in 2020, production decreased by 1000 kilograms.

KTH Ingin Maju is a place for dozens of traditional farmers of Sialang Honey that formed in 2015. The business uses wild bee varieties (Apis dorsata) that nest in Sialang rocks and Sialang trees (Koompassia excelsa) in the forest, covering an area of 13.5 hectares, and is situated away from settlements in Nagari Latang. Apis dorsata eat flowers from the forest trees.

The area of Nagari Latang is 20.80 square kilometers or 11.09 percent of the area of Lubuk Tarok District—19,233 hectares. The distance from sub-district to the district is 18 kilometers, to the regency is 29 kilometers, to the provincial capital is 151 kilometers. Nagari Latang is placed on a highland plateau 390 meters above sea level. The temperature is between 24 and 32°C. The altitude and the temperature are suitable for Apis dorsata habitat.

Meanwhile, illegal logging is operating in Lubuk Tarok and Tanjung Gadang district. Land expansion continues to occur for cultivation and palm oil plantations, subverting biodiversity and eroding Apis dorsata habitat.