Protecting Pollinators, People & the Planet

 

The World Bee Project CIC (WBP) is a global social enterprise focussed on developing and promoting a sustainable relationship between pollination, food security, biodiversity, and human wellbeing. 

Worldwide, 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 agricultural challenges and ensure important impacts through wider engagement with the public, NGOs and policy makers.

In the UK, the World Bee Project aims to improve understanding of pollination deficits and honey bee and bumble bee declines; enhance agri-environment monitoring and evaluation; strengthen existing surveillance; support the needs of policy and help develop a long-term sustainable monitoring programme for pollinators. To achieve these aims the World Bee Project is launching the National Sentinel Hive Network (SHN). Using Arnia's remote hive monitoring technology, the Sentinel Hive Network will establish recent and ongoing country-wide trends in honey bee and bumble bee populations and their status and help develop a long-term sustainable monitoring programme for pollinators to contribute to Defra’s National Pollinator Strategy. At present there is no geographic wide-scale data available about the status and dynamics of honey bee and bumble bee populations in the UK and Ireland.

 

Across the UK, in collaboration with ecologists, botanists, and our landscape services partner Gavin Jones Limited, our Ecological Consultancy designs and installs domestic and landscape-scale ecological habitats for a variety of bees, butterflies and moths. Our habitat work generates information that can 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.

 

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
 
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. As we work towards food security, it is important to approach the challenge with a consideration of the environmental impacts that drive the issue. Sustainable development, including improving food security for the world’s population, necessitates an approach that embraces the environment.
— Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
 

BEE FOR BIODIVERSITY. THE BEE IS OUR CONCEPTUAL ICON SYMBOLISING OUR AIM TO PROTECT POLLINATORS, PEOPLE & THE PLANET

 

The World Bee Project is a British community interest company, a CIC. A community interest company (CIC) is a social enterprise which exists to benefit the community rather than private shareholders. A CIC is the UK equivalent of a 'Benefit Corporation' or 'B-Corp.' in the United States.