The Golden Bee Award Was Awarded to The President of The Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, Boštjan Noč
The second Golden Bee Award was awarded on World Bee Day. Alojz Kovšča, President of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia, presented the award at the ceremony attended by Jože Podgoršek, Minister and Chair of the Golden Bee Award Committee, and Urška Klakočar Zupančič, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia.
The Golden Bee Award Committee chose from among 12 nominees. There were three nominations from France, two from Italy and Libya, and one from Slovenia, Germany, Greece, Egypt, and China. The topic of this year’s award is the preservation of bees and other pollinators. The committee selected Boštjan Noč, President of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, as the winner of the 2022 Golden Bee Award.
With projects associated with World Bee Day and the Golden Bee Award, Slovenia promotes the transfer of knowledge and technology and increases its global visibility as a green, healthy, proactive, and innovative country. At the ceremony, Jože Podgoršek, Minister and Chair of the Committee, highlighted the contribution of the award winner to the promotion of beekeeping in Slovenia and across the world: “He has made an important contribution nationally and internationally to developing responsibility towards these small creatures, which are essential for our food security and our planet. With his enormous energy, he is the driver of activities, which have recently gone beyond beekeeping and triggered a social movement to support the bees and nature, local integration between producers and consumers, and the use of beekeeping experience and tradition in tackling contemporary challenges.” He highlighted World Bee Day and the 3D Carniolan Bee as the most important projects of Boštjan Noč.
Upon receiving the award, Boštjan Noč said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Slovenian beekeepers as they represent the foundation of beekeeping in Slovenia. This award is for them. I would like to stress that we must continue to take care of bees, since they are a sign of a clean environment. It is also important to follow the example of bees, to connect and continue to work together.”