Protecting Pollinators, People & the Planet

 

The World Bee Project (WBP) is a British community interest company (CIC), a global social enterprise focused on the relationship between pollination, food security, biodiversity and human wellbeing. 

The University of Reading is the most highly ranked UK institution for agriculture. It is in the top 1% worldwide.

To ecologically intensify farming by regenerating ecosystem services and biodiversity to enhance food production systems and farmer livelihoods, the World Bee Project works in partnership with the University of Reading School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD).

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 ecological intensification activities include landscape conservation and pollinator habitat restoration and management for all species of bees and other pollinators such as butterflies and moths. 

 

To establish recent and ongoing trends in pollinator populations and their status and to help develop a long-term sustainable monitoring programme for pollinators, the World Bee Project is launching the National Sentinel Hive Network (SHN) in partnership with Arnia, a British technology company working with scientists around the world since 2011.

The Sentinel Hive Network aims to refine understanding of agri-environment monitoring and evaluation in England, strengthen existing surveillance, refine understanding of pollination deficits, support the needs of policy and help develop a long-term sustainable monitoring programme for pollinators. It will 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. 

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 POLLINATORS, PEOPLE AND THE PLANET

 

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.