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 (WBP) is a global start-up community interest company, implementing programmes that create a sustainable relationship between pollination, food security, biodiversity, and human wellbeing. The WBP focuses on bees as a keystone species that allows continuous healthy functioning of biodiversity and ecological systems, ensuring life on Earth and providing us with the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the wellbeing we experience in nature.

The World Bee Project partners with the University of Reading School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) to provide a core of expertise to implement programmes which can address the 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 our partnership enable us 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 World Bee Project Hive Network launched on 16 October 2018 is an international network of remotely monitored honey bee hives expanding the knowledge base by contributing to invaluable local and global research projects. Its ultimate goal is to help inform and implement global actions to improve habitats, create more sustainable ecosystems, and improve food security, nutrition and livelihoods.

 

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.
— Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
 
 
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 (Defra)
 

Monitoring pollinator declines and deficits, assessing socio-economic values, pollinator identification and understanding plant/pollinator interactions expands the knowledge base. 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.

 
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 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.