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).
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.