Protecting Pollinators, People & the Planet

 
By safeguarding pollinators, we aim to safeguard global biodiversity. 
 

We face a global crisis. The decline of bee and other pollinator populations threatens food security and could lead to  further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems  which may have drastic consequences for the human race and the planet.

The World Bee Project CIC is a global start-up community interest company, implementing programmes that create a sustainable relationship between pollination, food security, biodiversity, and human wellbeing.

The World Bee Project and the University of Reading School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) partnership provide a core of expertise and capacity which can adapt and extend to address key emerging challenges of sustainable agriculture in the face of pollination decline, climate change, urbanisation and social and political changes. The shared expertise and networks of the partnership enable it to develop projects and build capacity to address global challenges and ensure important impacts through wider engagement with the public, NGOs and policy makers.

The FAO advises that the more we know about pollinators, plant pollination services and the interactions between agro-ecosystems and pollination management, the more we can understand how to conserve them and manage them to maintain biodiversity, ensure ecosystem health and improve human livelihoods. Monitoring pollinator declines, monitoring pollinator deficits, assessing socio-economic values, pollinator identification and understanding plant/pollinator interactions expands the knowledge base.

This is why the World Bee Project is launching the first phase of its World Bee Project's Hive Network to remotely monitor bee hives to generate data and information to help improve understanding of pollination deficits and honey bee and bumble bee declines, enhance agri-environment monitoring and evaluation, strengthen existing surveillance, help scientists to better understand how the honey bee and bumble bee species impact the ecology and evolutionary dynamics of plant and pollinator species in natural ecosystems, and support the policy needs of Defra.

 

 

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
 
Bees are a keystone species and pollination is a keystone process in both human managed and natural terrestrial ecosystems. It is critical for food production and human livelihoods, and directly links wild ecosystems with agricultural production systems. The vast majority of flowering plant species only produce seeds if animal pollination moves pollen from the anthers to the stigmas of their flowers. Without this service, many interconnected species and processes functioning within an ecosystem would collapse.
— FAO's Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture
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.
— Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
 
 

The World Bee Project’s ultimate vision is to place the natural world at the heart of public policy and enshrine environmental protection in national constitutions.