Protecting Pollinators, People & the Planet

 

The World Bee Project ambition is to explore the immense potential to leverage emerging technologies and the cloud to drive the entire business ecosystem towards one which supports pollinator and farmer prosperity, human wellbeing and national economies. 

The World Bee Project mission to blend cutting edge computing technology with world leading bee research to safeguard global pollinator pollinations.

The World Bee Project 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, farmer livelihoods and national economies. 

To achieve the vision The World Bee Project and its partners, the University of Reading and Oracle Cloud are blending computing technology with world leading bee research to safeguard global pollinator pollinations.

 
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The World Bee Project Hive Network is an international network of remotely monitored honey bee (Apis Mellifera) hives which connect to the Oracle Cloud to provide a scalable, secure, global, honey bee health monitoring system.

The World Bee Project and its partners the University of Reading and Oracle are building a scientific evidence base to drive an innovative new tool for safeguarding honeybee health across varying global regions.

How does it work? 

The World Bee Project Hive Network sends its data into the Oracle Autonomous Database and leverages the Oracle Analytics Cloud for machine learning modelling and for data visualizations. This allows Oracle to also leverage Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for computing and data storage and processing. Oracle have a tightly integrated cloud system that allows our World Bee Project global teams, including leading research institutes such as our partner the University of Reading, to analyse the data, understand insights efficiently and reliably, and link the insights to actual honey bee health across global regions.

 

We hope that the knowledge and insights The World Bee Project Hive Network generates will contribute to food security, help improve livelihoods for the 1.5 billion people in smallholder farmer households, and  inspire invaluable individual and community, policy making and government actions across the world.  

The significant decline of honey bee and other pollinator populations threatens food security, biodiversity and ecosystems, with drastic consequences for the human race and the planet.

In 2016, the international study of Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) estimated that:

 
  • Bees and pollinators are critical to the future of the world’s 7.6 billion people and to the future of the planet.

  • 87% of the world’s flowering plant species depend on pollination.

  • 1.4 billion jobs globally rely on pollinators.

  • 77% of the world food supply depends on pollinators.

  • US$ 235 billion - US$ 577 billion worth of annual global food production relies on pollinators.

 
 

The significant decline of honey bee and other pollinator populations are the consequence of 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.   

Bees are a keystone species and pollination is a keystone process in both natural terrestrial and human managed ecosystems - bees pollinate most plants and trees, providing us with the food we eat and the clean air we breathe. Without pollination, countless interconnected species and the processes functioning within ecosystems would collapse. Pollination also has a positive impact on the environment in general, helping to maintain biodiversity and the vibrant ecosystems upon which agriculture depends.

In order to maintain food security, protect farmer livelihoods and contribute to national economies, The World Bee Project works with a growing international network of partners and experts and ensures world class multidisciplinary expertise and capacity in ecology, sustainable agriculture, social science and development studies as well as practical experience and capacity for extension, education and policy development.

 

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 also known as  B. Corp.

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.