Safeguarding Bees, People & the Planet
The World Bee Project is a global social enterprise that addresses biodiversity loss, long-term food security, and human well-being, through one integral solution: bee and pollinator restoration programs.
To promote long-term social, cultural, globally relevant change, the World Bee Project restores pollinator diversity and density by creating new pollinator habitats on farms and in cities, and ‘green corridors’ through urban areas.
In rural areas where climate change and the ‘pollination deficit’ have seen a dramatic reduction in the yield from crops, we teach sustainable apiculture to smallholder family farmers- in order to increase agricultural yields, improve food security, and raise family incomes. We support traditional practices that manage habitat patchiness, crop rotation, and coproduction between local knowledge and science.
Our initiatives contribute to the stability of diverse pollinator and plant communities, increase stability in pollination services, improve the ecological value of land and support nature conservation and ecosystem management.
Pollinators are important to the reproduction of many wild plants and are key to maintaining a healthy and bio-diverse environment. Pollinators also play a key role in the production of many commercial crops, like orchard fruits, soft fruits and vegetables that provide us with vital nutrients and keep us in good health.
Globally 40% + of insect pollinator species- particularly bees and butterflies- are facing extinction.
Honey bees are just one of the many pollinating insect species which include moths, butterflies, flies and wasps. There are over 20,000 known species of bees in the world. In the UK alone, there are almost 250 bee species including about 25 species of bumblebees and over 230 types of solitary bees.
We are the World ‘Bee’ Project because worldwide bees are regarded as a key symbol of the natural world. To us, the bee symbolises our ultimate goal of placing the natural world at the heart of public policy and enshrining environmental protection in national constitutions.
The World Bee Project is an initiative of Sanghata, 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.