The International Convention on Biological Biodiversity specifically cites pollination as a key ecosystem function that is threatened globally. The Săo Paulo Declaration on Pollinators (1999), based on the available global evidence at the time, reported that ‘the numbers of honeybee colonies have decreased dramatically’ and ‘the numbers of native bees are dwindling, some species seriously so’. The stated plan of action of the CBD International Pollinator Initiative is to:
1. Monitor pollinator decline, its causes and its impact on pollination services;
2. Assess the economic value of pollination and the economic impact of the decline of pollination services;
3. Address the lack of taxonomic information on pollinators;
4. Promote the conservation and the restoration and sustainable use of pollinator diversity in agricultural and related ecosystems.
These global objectives are equally relevant at the European level and reflect concerns about pollinator loss and associated risks in Europe. In 2000, at the VIII International Pollination Symposium in Hungary, a group of pollination researchers came together to form the European Pollination Initiative.
Background and Organisation
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The European Pollinator Initiative has an Interim Steering Committee which is facilitating the development of the network. A number of Regional Contacts have been established, to coordinate local interests and link them to regional activities. The next step is the formation of a range of Working Groups to focus on specific issues.
Dr. Simon G. Potts Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, Reading University, UK. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter Department of Agroecology, Göttingen University, Germany. Email: email@example.com
Prof. Theodora Petanidou Department of Geography, Aegean University, Greece. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Bernard Vaissičre Laboratoire de Pollinisation Entomophile, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France. Email: email@example.com
Several working groups have been established, or are proposed. If you are interested in joining one or more of these, please contact us.
Sustainable Management of non-Apis Pollinators
Rare plant pollination
Conservation and Restoration