World Bee Day 2019
- World Bee Day 2019
- Mon, 20. May 2019
- International Days, Years etc
The value of bees
Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities.
Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity - a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals. They also serve as sentinels for emergent environmental risks, signaling the health of local ecosystems.
Invasive insects, pesticides, land-use change and monocropping practices may reduce available nutrients and pose threats to bee colonies.
To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.
Why this date?
20 May coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia and praised the bees for their ability to work so hard, while needing so little attention
The observance of World Bee Day worldwide has many objectives:
- To draw the attention of the world’s public and political decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees;
- To remind us that we depend on bees and other pollinators;
- To protect bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries;
- To halt the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
How can we do more?
The following successful approaches for decision-makers should include:
- Pollinator-friendly pesticide policies;
- Conservation and enhancement of pollinator habitats;
- Valuation, incentives, and payments for ecosystem services;
- Participation, knowledge-sharing, and empowerment of rural and indigenous peoples and local communities;
- Collaborative research and outreach;
- Public awareness raising and knowledge sharing.
Protection measures for farmers and governments
Recommended practices for farmers to create a good habitat for bees to ensure pollination include:
- leaving some areas under natural habitat;
- creating hedgerows;
- reducing or changing the usage of pesticides;
- leaving nesting sites; and
- planting attractive crops around the field.
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