People & the Planet
Bees and other pollinators are threatened
Yet they are vital to life on our Earth.
The World Bee Project CIC is the first private organisation to launch a global honey bee monitoring initiative to inform and implement actions to improve pollinator habitats, create more sustainable ecosystems, and improve food security, nutrition and livelihoods by establishing a globally-coordinated monitoring programme for honeybees and eventually for key pollinator groups.
Our mission is to increase food security and livelihoods by combining AI and sensor systems with world-leading bee research to provide farmers and the general public with the knowledge and solutions they need to foster healthy habitats for pollinators.
Our vision is to deliver state of the art knowledge directly to the hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers around the world to enhance the contribution of pollinators to food security, livelihoods and national economies.
The World Bee Project is paving the way for innovations that can change the way the world grows food and manages land. The partnership with Oracle will accelerate that opportunity by empowering innovations with the Oracle Platform to produce further insights and make the data actionable to contribute towards The World Bee Project’s goals.
The Global Threat
Biodiversity decline is the consequence of poorly managed human activity: intensive agriculture, destruction and fragmentation of flowering natural habitats, widespread use of pesticides, pollution caused by waste, the decline of practices based on indigenous and local knowledge, climate change, and the ever-increasing global population.
Biodiversity loss results in honeybee and pollinator declines and vice versa. The two are essentially interlinked. A loss in pollination services has important negative ecological and economic impacts that significantly affect the maintenance of wild plant diversity, wider ecosystem stability, crop production, food security and human welfare.
Pollination is vital to life
Pollinators are economically, socially and culturally important.
There are more than 20,000 species of wild bees alone, plus many species of butterflies, flies, moths, wasps, beetles, birds, bats and other animals that contribute to pollination. Pollinated crops include those that provide fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and oils. Many of these are important dietary sources of vitamins and minerals, without which the risks of malnutrition might be expected to increase. Several crops also represent an important source of income in developing countries from, for example, the production of coffee and cocoa.
More than three-quarters of the world's food crops rely at least in part on pollination by insects and other animals.
Bee health is directly linked to our own health.
In 2016, the Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, the first-ever issued by IPBES, estimated that:
BEES AND POLLINATORS ARE CRITICAL TO THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD’S 7.6 BILLION PEOPLE AND THE FUTURE OF THE PLANET.
OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS, THE VOLUME OF POLLINATION-DEPENDENT AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED BY MORE THAN 300% BUT POLLINATOR NUMBERS HAVE DECLINED.
87% OF THE WORLD’S FLOWERING PLANT SPECIES DEPEND ON POLLINATION.
1.4 BILLION FARMER LIVELIHOODS RELY ON POLLINATORS.
77% OF THE WORLD FOOD SUPPLY DEPENDS ON POLLINATORS.
UP TO USD 600 BILLION WORTH OF ANNUAL AGRICULTURAL IS AT RISK AS A RESULT OF POLLINATOR LOSS.
TOTAL POLLINATOR LOSS WOULD DECREASE THE PRODUCTION OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DEPENDENT CROPS “BY MORE THAN 90 %”.
The World Bee Project is a member of the UK Government’s Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) Pollinator Advisory Steering Group (PASG).
The World Bee Project supports the emerging holistic paradigm where society and the environment are seen as an indivisible whole, and societies and individuals define wellbeing and prosperity.
The World Bee Project is a UK Community Interest Company (CIC), designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good. It is the UK equivalent of a US Benefit Corporation, known as B. Corp.