“If we get it right for insects, we get it right for everything else.”
Professor Dave Goulson, The Wildlife Trusts
Cities are complex ecosystems that can be nurtured back to health. Developing sustainable urban habitats for pollinators will help promote urban food production, public wellbeing, conservation and local economies.
World Bee City© can provide a focal point and tool for similar initiatives aimed at urban green development including local Nature Partnerships, Biodiversity Action Plans and Private, Charity and NGO ventures. Working closely with these groups and drawing on the skills, experience and enthusiasm that already exists among organisation and individuals, WorldBeeCity© hopes to generate and provide information on effective urban pollinator management as well as an overarching evaluation and accreditation scheme, providing support and recognition by which a city can become a WorldBeeCity©.
When bees thrive, we survive.
Using sophisticated monitoring technology, we can collect and analyse real-time pollinator and environmental data as a way of measuring the wellbeing of a city and finding sustainable solutions to the problems all its pollinators face. For example, we can use the technology to track honey bee health and nectar flows to help identify how the urban ecosystem is faring and which restoration actions are required.
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“Together with local stakeholders we can develop an urgently needed ‘Best Practice Guide’ drawing on the latest research and resources concerned with supporting and promoting pollinators and people in urban environments. “
Urban areas make up 9% of the UK and they are an important habitat for many different pollinating insects. By supporting pollinators in urban environments, we can help protect rare and iconic species from becoming extinct.
Some 50% of the world’s population now live in cities and creating more vibrant, florally rich urban green spaces with abundant biodiversity will enhance human wellbeing and improve health. Initiatives that promote this approach will have far reaching socio-cultural benefits for local communities. In addition, urban food crops such as apples, strawberries and raspberries benefit from insect pollination, improving yield and quality. Abundant and diverse pollinator communities within cities will also help pollinate other crops and support urban food production more generally. Production of urban honey also supports local economies.