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Communication on an EU Pollinators Initiative
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As an agronomist and beekeeper, I see the roadmap for the EU Pollinators Initiative as a balanced step in the right direction towards better understanding the decline of wild as well as domestic pollinators, filling numerous knowledge gaps on what is a multifactorial phenomenon. This balanced approach is both timely and important, given the sustained tendency over the past couple years to try to find suitable scapegoats, notably EU agriculture...
European Professional Beekeepers Association (Germany)
EPBA Position on the EU Pollinators Initiative The European Professional Beekeepers Association (EPBA) welcomes the EU Pollinators Initiative. We believe that the problems experienced by the beekeeping community are part of a larger phenomenon affecting pollinators as a whole. Since there is a complex interaction of factors, the initiative needs to involve not just DG ENVI, but also DG SANTE and DG AGRI. This will ensure, that there is synergy...
Bee Life European Beekeeping Coordination (Belgium)
This initiative is very positive and necessary. We do hope that the European Commission and Member states achieve to bring a more holistic approach in the policies affecting in one way or another the environment and public health. As for the document, the only reason why "pathogens are considered a drive primarily in the context of domesticated pollinators" is because they are studied much more and in further detail than any other driver and...
Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (Italy)
I really appreciate EU Pollinators Initiative especially because it can concern pollinators in toto, both with regard to cultivated plants and spontaneous plants. These last are the subject of our current project Mediterranean CooBEEration: a network for beekeeping, biodiversity and food security. In particular, the project includes a research aimed to evaluate the importance of honey bee and other pollinators on the wild flora in degraded...
“Europe and We” Bulgaria very much welcomes the Commission’s decision to start the preparation of an initiative to tackle pollinators decline. Over 70 % of human nutrition and food depends on nature pollinators secured by bees and pollinating insects. They can be defined as the key link in the ecosystem, without which life on the planet would become impossible for the majority of its inhabitants. Besides food source for most living beings,...
Svenska Bin (Sweden)
How Pollinate Sweden can contribute to EU Pollinators Initiative: The association Swedish Bees/Svenska Bin (www.svenskabin.se) have since 2013 successfully built a platform for marketing and highlighting the Swedish beekeepers and Swedish honey. Now Swedish Bees have also joined forces with “Pollinate Sweden/Pollinera Sverige”, with the mission to support all pollinators, wild bees and bumblebees as well as honeybees. We are happy to realise...