Safeguarding Pollinators, People & the Planet

 

A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies.

 

The World Bee Project (WBP) is a global social enterprise focussed on the relationship between pollinators and the most pressing issues that societies face today such as food security, environment, health and wellbeing. We aim to bring scientific, technological, government and market forces together to achieve our ultimate goal of placing the natural world at the heart of public policy and enshrining environmental protection in national constitutions.

 

 

WE OFFER SOLUTIONS CENTRED ON POLLINATOR CONSERVATION PROGRAMMES. FROM SIMPLE, LOW-COST ACTION AT COMMUNITY LEVEL, TO DESIGNING FUNCTIONAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR AGRICULTURAL ECOSYSTEMS, TO BLUEPRINTS FOR ENTIRE CITIES, THE WBP CREATES AND IMPLEMENTS PROJECTS THAT DELIVER BENEFITS TO POLLINATORS, PEOPLE AND THE PLANET.

 

Pollinators provide an essential ecosystem service – pollination and are therefore crucial to food production. Pollinators are a key part of biodiversity - the web of life of which we are an integral part and upon which we fully depend. 

The interactions between nature and society, biodiversity and ecosystems, land use and management can be perceived as an ongoing cycle of cause and effect, as illustrated below.

 

“Investment in biodiversity and ecosystems is essential in its own right and for human well-being. The evidence is clear: protecting, restoring and sustainably managing nature will yield high returns at low costs. Global investors are seeking environmental investment opportunities because it makes economic sense.”
— The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark.

The World Bee Project is part of the Sanghata network. Sanghata is a global non-profit which designs, funds and manages poverty reduction programs in 30 countries across 5 continents. The World Bee Project is a member of Defra’s Pollinator Advisory Steering Group (PASG). The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is responsible for safeguarding the natural environment, supporting the UK’s world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining its thriving rural economy.

Defra very much welcome the work that the World Bee Project is doing in England to support the National Pollinator Strategy.

Defra is committed to working in partnership with a range of organisations to help deliver the aims of the National Pollinator Strategy. It is only through collaboration with organisations such as the World Bee Project and others that we will be able to achieve our vision of seeing pollinators thrive.”
— Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs