Sheka Nordic honey and beeswax dev. Ind. (hereafter Sheka Nordic) has been established in 2012 by a Norwegian Diaspora named Yohannes, Haileselassie on the premise of his own ‘General survey of beekeeping in Ethiopia’ conducted in 2011.
Since its establishment, Sheka Nordic has set up a beekeeping farm, a wood workshop where to produce transitional and modern beehives, as well as Honey and Bees Wax processing plant with the objectives of supplying good quality organic Tropical poly-flora honey, Organic Bees Wax and other apiculture products to local & international market.
Sheka Forest is located in the Sheka Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP) Regional State. The Sheka forest covers a unique bio-geographic unit extending from cold and very wet highlands bordering Illubabor zone of Oromia regional state and Kafa zone to hot lowland areas bordering Gambella regional state and the Bench-Maji zone. The whole area is very diverse, with contrasting landscape elements, habitats, and cultural practices.The Sheka forest is adapted to be biosphere reserves because it fulfills the three functions of biosphere reserve-namely the conservation, development, and logistics support functions to the desired level.
In terms of the conservation function, the forest contributes to
the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems, species and genetic variation.
The forest is rich in both plant and animal species. There are over 300 higher plants, 50 mammals, 200 birds, and 20 amphibian species, occurring in all habitats. Out of these, at least 55 plants, and 10 birds are endemic to Ethiopia.