Protecting Pollinators, People & the Planet

 

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

The World Bee Project CIC   has created a unique opportunity that paves the way for innovations that can change the way the world grows food and manages land. It has a partnered with Oracle to leverage cloud technologies to better understand the decline in bee populations globally, and devise innovative strategies to help farmers manage bee and pollinator habitats

The mission of the World Bee Project CIC is to increase food security and livelihoods by combining AI and sensor systems with world-leading bee research to provide farmers and the general public with the knowledge and solutions they need to foster healthy habitats for pollinators.

The World Bee Project CIC is the first private organisation to launch a global honey bee monitoring initiative 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, livelihoods and national economies.

We partner with the University of Reading, Oracle Cloud, and with a network of significant partners in the United Kingdom, India and Hungary, and welcome new strategic collaborations and partnerships.

The World Bee Project Hive Network system has the capacity to obtain huge amounts of data, but in order to create meaningful correlations, it is essential that proper and precise assessments of conditions inside colonies are available, a task that must be delegated to highly trained and experienced individuals. The scope is beyond that of normal beekeepers.”
— Professor Simon Potts, global advisor on pollination to the European Union, Convention on Biological Diversity and United Nations

Given the importance of pollination to sustain current levels of food produce demand, The World Bee Project Hive Network  contributes to mitigating food supply shortages, threats to smallholder farmer livelihoods and national economies, and the effects of climate change.

Long-term international or national monitoring of both pollinators and pollination is urgently required to provide information on status and trends for most species and most parts of the world.”
— The 2016 assessment report on Pollinators, Pollination, and Food Production, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
 

The U.N. backed I.P.B.E.S. is supported by a hundred and thirty-two member nations, including the United States. Scientists and experts from member countries contribute to its reports. In 2016, the Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, the first ever issued by 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 LIVELIHOODS globally rely on pollinators.

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

  • UP TO U.S.$600 billion WORTH OF ANNUAL AGRICULTURAL IS AT RISK AS A RESULT OF POLLINATOR LOSS.

  • TOTAL POLLINATOR LOSS WOULD DECREASE PRODUCTION OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DEPENDENT CROPS “BY MORE THAN 90 PER CENT.”

 
 

The significant decline of honey bee and other pollinator populations is the consequence of poorly managed 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 all ecosystems.  Without bees, many plants - including food crops - would die off. The vast majority of flowering plant species can only produce seeds if bees and other pollinators move pollen from the anthers to the stigmas of their flowers. And it’s not just that, cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world's crops and 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive. Without pollination many interconnected species and processes functioning within an ecosystem would collapse.  

Bee health is directly linked to our own health. Pollinated crops include those that provide fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and oils and many of these crops are important dietary sources of vitamins and minerals, without which the risks of malnutrition might be expected to increase. Pollinators also contribute to crops that provide biofuels, fibres, medicines, forage for livestock, and construction materials. Some species also provide materials such as beeswax for candles and musical instruments, as well as arts and crafts. Pollinators, especially bees, have also played a role throughout human history as inspirations for art, music, religion and technology.   Additionally, bees improve quality of life, globally significant heritage sites and practices, symbols of identify, aesthetically significant landscapes. Sacred passages about bees occur in all major world religions.

Without pollinators, many of us would no longer be able to enjoy coffee, chocolate and apples, among many other foods that are part of our daily lives.”
— Simon Potts Ph.D. co-chair of the 2016 Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, the first ever issued by IPBES, and Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, United Kingdom.
 
 

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.

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, known as B. Corp.