Overview

 

Implementing broadly, we aim to catalyse significant positive changes for both conservation and agriculture at regional, national and international levels.

 

WE LINK RESEARCH WITH DISCERNIBLE IMPACT ON GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICE PROVISION

 

The World Bee Project CIC (WBP) is a global social enterprise focussed on the relationship between pollination, food insecurity, biodiversity loss, and human wellbeing.

In partnership with the University of Reading Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER), we aim to design and implement ecological intensification research projects.

We believe enhanced resilience of ecosystems, people, and communities are key to sustainability.

We support pollinator diversity and density and protect threatened plant populations and the wildlife that depends on the environment.

By bringing expertise and knowledge sharing to the design of resilient landscapes we also help build foundations for best practice habitat restoration for pollinator conservation, and help raise the ecological value of land to benefit natural heritage and human wellbeing.

 

WE TAKE AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO SUSTAINABILITY 

 

Our initiatives aim to contribute to biodiversity enrichment, ecosystem services, research, stewardship, landscape and amenity value, and legacy and human wellbeing. Our approach incorporates ecological, economic and social dimensions, where food and nutrition security, gender and equity are essential components.

 

OUR ECOLOGICAL EFFORTS AIM TO CONTRIBUTE TO RESILIENT SOCIAL, CULTURAL, GLOBALLY RELEVANT CHANGE

 

Across the UK, in collaboration with plant experts and Gavin Jones Limited, our Ecological Consultancy conserves and enhances biodiversity by designing, planting and maintaining garden and landscape scale ecological habitats for a variety of bees, butterflies and moths.

To benefit natural heritage and human wellbeing, and to raise the ecological value of land, we bring expertise and knowledge sharing to the design of resilient landscapes, and in doing so contribute to laying foundations for best practice habitat restoration for pollinator conservation.

 
 

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.

Working with our technology partner Arnia, the World Bee Project is launching the Sentinel Hive Network. By remotely monitoring honey bee hives and bumble bee nests across the UK, we will generate a rich dataset for scientists to assess the impact of factors such as land use, agricultural practices and forage quality on the health and dynamics of honey bee and bumble bee populations. The data will also contribute to urgently needed best practice guidelines for honey bee and bumble bee management in the UK. 

 
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)
 

THE BEE SYMBOLISES OUR VISION OF A THRIVING FUTURE FOR HUMANITY