Pollinators like butterflies, honeybees, solitary bees, bumblebees, moths and hoverflies are under considerable threat, showing drastic declines in Europe.
IEEP is supporting the European Commission in implementing the EU Pollinators Initiative, a framework launched in June 2018 to address the decline of pollinators across the EU.
The initiative’s overall priorities are to improve knowledge of pollinator decline, including its causes and consequences, tackle the causes of the decline and raise awareness, engaging society-at-large and promoting collaboration.
How IEEP is contributing to the EU Pollinators Initiative
IEEP is contributing to the EU Pollinators Initiative through a project running from January 2019 to December 2020, co-led by IEEP and IUCN with three other partners.
IEEP organised a conference with the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions on “Halting the loss of pollinators: the role of the EU agricultural and regional development policies” on 21 February 2020. You can find the conference presentations, posters and webstream here.
IEEP has produced descriptions of what each EU Member State is doing for wild pollinators. These fiches show some of the many actions that are taking place across the EU. For more information please contact IEEP's biodiversity researcher Evelyn Underwood.
IEEP is also:
- providing guidance for managing authorities, agronomists, advisors and farmers on how to increase the effectiveness of measures for pollinators, and make the best use of the support measures available under both Pillars of the CAP
- providing guidance to citizens on how to engage in the conservation of pollinators
- reporting on the integration of pollinator conservation into the Common Agricultural Policy
- reporting on best practices to integrate pollinator conservation into national action plans under Directive 2009/128/EC on sustainable use of pesticides
You can find further guidance on the IUCN webpage, including a guide to pollinator-friendly cities and a guide to managing invasive alien species to protect wild pollinators.