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Derech Dvash – Honey Highway

Inspired by the Dutch, we promote bee conservation in Israel, converting unused spaces in urban areas into bee-friendly habitats.

About the Project

Our project is in three parts; ambassadorship, public outreach, and creating a model of a “honey highway” in the Green Village, the youth village where our school is located. We are distributed wildflower seed packets with special instructions (how, where and when to plant, and of course, why!) so that the public can be aware and take part in creating more areas where bees can pollinate in their own neighborhoods. We will also organize special planting events with children, to encourage the planting and ensure that the young generation knows the importance of wildflowers, especially of a certain kind. Furthermore, in the Spring we will create our own “honey hotel/insect hotel” made of earthen and natural materials with one of Israeli’s leading bee experts, as a special stop on our “honey highway.” It is important to create landmarks with signs and information for the public to learn more about why we should continue to create and protect habitats for bees and insects.

The Importance of Saving Bees

“Derech Dvash” means honey way in Hebrew- our own translation from the term “honey highway” which is used in the Netherlands. The Dutch have invested in creating “paths” of flowers and special beehives and insect homes throughout the country in order to support biodiversity in the face of habitat degradation, fragmentation and loss. This initiative, which creates more areas where bees and other insects can pollinate and live, can improve bee health, diversity and overall sustainability. This project imitates the Dutch example, to share the benefits of protecting bee species with the Israeli public. EMIS students are the educators and activists on behalf of the bees. The Dutch model provides both practical methods and inspiration, especially in terms of public engagement and use of public spaces.

Context & Project Support

In Israel, there are at least 1000 different species of wild bees- much more than one might think! There are many people in the country committed to studying and conserving bees. However, development and urbanization causes many challenges – we need every bee ambassador that we can get. Our derech dvash projects aims to contribute to the Israeli bee community.

Our students are taking part in raising awareness as youth leaders on this critical environmental topic.

The EMIS Derech Dvash is implemented with the support of the Netherlands Embassy to Israel, to promote Dutch ingenuity in the field of the environment in Israel. For more inspiration, visit the Dutch Honey Highway website.

The Ambassadors

In the 2022-2023 school year, our three ‘bee ambassadors’ who promote this project are Rocio, Shamaim, and Letal. They are working to engage their peers, find ways to spread this message to the Israeli public, and generally care for the biodiversity of bees.

The Bee Ambassadors are mixing the mud, sand, and straw that create the foundation for the bee hotel structure in the featured pictures!

Bee Hotel at the Green Hub

Inspired by the Dutch initiatives to provide more protected and widespread habitat for bees and insects, who are an essential part of nature, one of the parts of the project is building a “bee hotel” in the Green Hub, which is a structure built from only nature-based materials that will become a place for bees and insects to live. 

The important goal of the entire initiative, funded and inspired by the Netherlands Embassy, is to spread the message to the Israeli public about the importance of protecting bees.

While doing this project, we are inviting younger students, ranging from age 5-15, to take part in the building and education, to allow our students to be educators and ambassadors. We are spreading education on bees and biodiversity beyond the walls of our classrooms.

We are committed to educating the next generation in caring for bees and other small creatures that are part of our ecosystems. EMIS brought 6 groups from schools and kindergartens on the first day of building to co-create the process, and pass on our knowledge to others. This involvement with school groups creates ownership and helps youth identify and take responsibility for taking care of the earth.

Education & Workshops

Yossi Aud is an expert beekeeper and educator, who is leading students in the bee hotel project, providing educational workshops and training to students, as well as guiding the building of the Bee Hotel.

The Bee Hotel will be an educational hotspot at EMIS, inviting students from all over the Green Village, as well as visitors from the outside, to learn about the ecology of bees and insects and their importance to humans.

Social Impact

We have started distributing wildflower seeds to the Israeli public, to promote our project. Our first distribution event was in cooperation with the Bavli (Tel Aviv) Community Garden and the Organization for Community Gardens in Israel. We visited a Friday morning open event and spoke to an audience of mainly families, both parents, and children.

Our second event was a beach cleanup organized by Plastic Free Israel. We helped clean up the beach while also mingling with members of the public interested in environmental initiatives, and distributed wildflower seeds at the end. 

Suported by:

This project is supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands to Israel