Honey bee colony losses are being observed worldwide, which is raising great ecological and economic concern. Indeed, scientists estimate that survival of over 80% of plant species depend directly on pollinating insects, and more specifically on bees. Any major decline of the pollinating insects’ population would therefore have a dramatic impact on biodiversity and related economic activities. Because they are sensitive to their environment, bees are also considered as major “bio-indicators”, which makes it relevant to see them as an emblem for biodiversity. Preserving bees will therefore benefit all kinds of pollinating insects, animals and people.
All partner LAGs involved in the project have identified this as a problem within their respective territories. Local beekeepers and local authorities are often willing to go that one step further in their communication and awareness raising to inform local communities, stakeholders and those working within the agricultural sector of beekeeping activities and the importance of bees in relation to biodiversity. This project will provide partners with the platform to achieve this, and a range of key actions have been identified for delivery. Partners involved within this co-operation project have come together to share experiences and exchange solutions to reach this common goal.
Through the symbol of bees, the goal of this project is to develop territorial strategies seeking to maintain, preserve and favour biodiversity.
The idea is for each territory to identify ways to prevent the decline of pollinating insects and to maintain biodiversity in general, with the final aim being to outline policies that are necessary for each territory to reach this goal.
Major aims have been identified in order to preserve bees and biodiversity:
Partners are working together to share experiences and findings on work they have undertaken in their areas to prevent the decline of pollinating insect and maintain biodiversity. They will build a network of focus areas through experimentation on which specific innovative actions will be carried out, according to each territory’s characteristics and stakeholders.
Main objectives are to capitalise on experiences and transfer solutions to other territories.
Land management covers questions related to the planning and management of all kinds of areas, whether public, private, agricultural, natural, forest, urbanised, etc. The different actions being led by each of the partners have a focus on:
Maintaining or reviving beekeeping activity is important to keep domestic bees and allow them to take on their pollinating role. Promotion of bee products also forms part of this. Actions that fall under this scheme have a focus on:
Raising awareness amongst all stakeholders (private individuals, children, elected representatives, local authorities, etc…) is necessary to explain the relationship between bees and biodiversity, the problem surrounding bee mortality and the need to preserve bees as well as other pollinating insects. Actions that fall under this scheme focus on: