Safeguarding Bees, People & the Planet
Bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, other insects and mammals such as lizards pollinate 87% of the world’s flowering plant species. Without pollinators most plants would die, as they would not be able to produce seeds and fruit. Without plants, pollinators and the many small animal species that also rely on nectar, pollen, seeds and fruit would also decline and die, triggering catastrophic effects for other species right up through the food chain and ecosystem. We humans would not escape the consequences.
We are The World ‘Bee’ Project because the bee symbolises our ultimate goal of placing the natural world at the heart of public policy and enshrining environmental protection in national constitutions.
Nothing exists in isolation.
POLLINATORS, PEOPLE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT ARE LINKED
The World Bee Project is a global social enterprise that addresses biodiversity loss, long-term food security, and human wellbeing with a single solution: pollinator conservation programmes.
We aim to create habitats for pollinator conservation across towns, cities, the countryside, and farmlands. Our initiative hopes to contribute to the stability of diverse pollinator and plant communities, increase stability in pollination services, improve the ecological value of land, support nature conservation and ecosystem management, and enhance human wellbeing.
We are committed to conservation based on rigorous scientific evidence and are focussing on bringing research disciplines together to help build demand for best practice habitat restoration and conservation, and bring expertise and knowledge sharing to the design of sustainable agricultural landscapes.
POLLINATORS ARE UNDER THREAT DUE TO LOSS OF FLOWER-RICH HABITAT
Loss of habitat has been a long-term contributor to pollinator declines. About 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have disappeared in the last decades, and the flower-rich habitats that various species of bees, butterflies and moths once thrived on, are now intensively farmed desolate land that threatens the survival of these little creatures.
Creating more habitat is critical.
The most-threatened species can be stopped from becoming extinct by projects that restore habitats.
Aiming for measureable impact, we focus on creating habitats for pollinator conservation across towns, cities, the countryside, and farmlands. We also create programmes to improve citizen engagement whilst exploring more sustainable conservation practices.
Our work strives to contribute to the stability of diverse pollinator and plant communities, increase stability in pollination services, improve the ecological value of land, support nature conservation and ecosystem management, and enhance human wellbeing.
Our programmes support community participation. Linking pollinator conservation with environment and food production, we create urban vegetable gardens and rooftop farms that can become community engines for food production. We aim to raise awareness and increase understanding about pollinators and the social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits which they provide.
In farmlands, we aim to promote sustainable agricultural landscapes to improve food security, and support small-scale family farms by incorporating foraging pollinators in agriculture. Our agri-environment programmes promote foraging abundance, wildflower borders alongside fields to nurture and conserve diverse 'solitary' bee communities.
The World Bee Project intensifies conservation efforts to increase pollinator diversity and density with a view to long-term social, cultural, globally relevant change.
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). Defra are the UK government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responsible for safeguarding the natural environment, supporting the UK’s world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining its thriving rural economy.