Safeguarding Pollinators, People & the Planet

 

The World Bee Project CIC (WBP) is a global social enterprise focussed on the relationship between pollination, food security, biodiversity, and human wellbeing. Taking an integrated approach to sustainability, the World Bee Project aims to catalyse significant positive changes for both conservation and agriculture at communal, regional, national and global levels.

 

In partnership with the University of Reading School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) the World Bee Project vision is to contribute to a global shift towards ecological intensification.

The shared expertise and networks of Reading School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) and the WPB enables our partnership to develop projects and build capacity to address global agricultural challenges and to ensure important impacts through wider engagement with the public, NGOs and policy makers. Our activities focus on conservation and management of insect pollinators and pollination services to crop production and the wider environment. Our focus on ecological intensification helps develop the science underpinning the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services to enhance and protect food and nutrition while minimising environmental impacts.

 

The World Bee Project is launching the National Sentinel Hive Network (SHN) to support policy needs and contribute to Defra’s National Pollinator Strategy Implementation Plan 2014-2024 ambition to establish recent and ongoing trends in pollinator populations and their status, and develop a long term sustainable monitoring programme for pollinators. 

Through a network of remotely monitored honey bee hives and bumble bee nests across the UK, the World Bee Project will generate significant data on the impact of factors such as land use, agricultural practices and forage quality, on the health and productivity of bees. We will make the data available to the government's national pollinator monitoring scheme, scheduled to begin next year. At present there is no geographic wide-scale data available about the status and dynamics of honey bee and bumble bee populations in the UK and Ireland.

 

Across the UK, in collaboration with ecologists, plant experts, and our landscape services partner Gavin Jones Limited, our Ecological Consultancy offers a bespoke conservation and restoration service for domestic and landscape-scale ecological habitats for a variety of bees, butterflies and moths.

 

The World Bee Project is a member of Defra’s Pollinator Advisory Steering Group (PASG). 

 
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
 
The growing threat to pollinators which play an important role in food security, provides another compelling example of how connected people are to our environment, and how deeply entwined our fate is with that of the natural world. As we work towards food security, it is important to approach the challenge with a consideration of the environmental impacts that drive the issue. Sustainable development, including improving food security for the world’s population, necessitates an approach that embraces the environment.
— Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
 

The bee symbolises our vision of a thriving future for humanity

 

The World Bee Project is a British community interest company, a CIC. It is part of the Sanghata network. Sanghata is a British non-profit active in 30 countries across 5 continents. In 2011, Sanghata’s award-winning, uniquely innovative ‘Frontier Market Scouts’ program became the first program of its kind in the social impact sector.