Graphic: © Sabiha Malik / Image: MartinLewisFoto.com

World Bee City©

“If we get it right for insects, we get it right for everything else”.
Professor Dave Goulson, The Wildlife Trusts

 

Developing sustainable urban habitats for pollinators will help promote urban ecosystem restoration, urban food production, local economies and public wellbeing.

 

World Bee City© can generate and provide information on effective urban pollinator management.

 

With experts from our partner, the city of Curridabat, Costa Rica, which has won numerous awards, we aim to forge new paths in sustainable urban planning. Our teams can share the knowledge, strategy, planning, tools, methods, and the experience that Curridabat has developed, with forward-thinking municipalities and inner city-communities around the world.

If you are a municipality or local government body and would like to collaborate with us to restore your urban ecosystems and consolidate an innovative city regeneration plan, please write to us here.

 


What’s good for bees is good for people.

 

Together with local stakeholders we can develop urgently needed Best Practice Guides drawing on the latest research and resources concerned with supporting and promoting pollinators and people in urban environments. 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 honeybee health and nectar flows to help identify how the urban ecosystem is faring and which restoration actions are required.

If you’d like to sponsor our work in London or other cities, or collaborate with us, please write to us here.

Initiatives that promote this approach will have far reaching socio-cultural benefits for local communities. 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.

Working closely with and drawing on the skills, experience and enthusiasm that already exists among organisations and individuals, World Bee City© 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 World Bee City©.

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.

 

When bees thrive, we survive.

 

Remote monitoring in cities can reveal information about local  environmental health that is otherwise inaccessible. This acoustic data spectrum shows 3 hives across 6 days, 450 frequencies across 9 fifteen-minute time slots (that’s 86,000 data points). The black lines indicate the bees’ foraging trips, in this case half a million individual bee trips. 

 

Bee foraging versus wind speed (shown in blue).

 

The World Bee Project partners with BeeHero for advanced monitoring sensor technology.

 

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 organisations and individuals, World Bee City© 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 World Bee City©.