Honey is a forest commodity that offers many benefits. The thick, golden-brown liquid is produced by the honey bee (Apis dorsata) from nectar collected from various plants. Aside from being consumed directly, honey is also mixed with other foods, drinks and even soap. Moreover, beehives produce not only honey but also beeswax, which is used in the beauty and medical industries.
In several areas in Indonesia honey is a major commodity that contributes to improving communities’ economies. Honey is also a part of a community’s cultural identity, for example, many indigenous communities preserve their forests for sustainable honey production.