Pollinators like butterflies, honeybees, solitary bees, bumblebees, moths and hoverflies are under considerable threat, showing drastic declines in Europe.

IEEP was involved in 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.

To learn more about what the EU is doing for pollinators and how you can get involved, visit the EU Pollinator Information Hive.

IEEP research is contributing to the EU's efforts to halt pollinator declines by: 

Identifying and assessing current actions for pollinators

What are different Member states doing for wild pollinators?

IEEP has produced descriptions of what each EU Member State is doing for wild pollinators as of 2019. These fiches showcase some of the many actions that are taking place across the EU. Download a description here.

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus
Czechia Denmark Estonia Finland France
Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy
Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Netherlands
Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia
Spain Sweden      

Creating guidance on actions for wild pollinators

What can be done to protect pollinators on farmland?

IEEP has created 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.

Want to learn more on what farmers can do for wild pollinators?

IEEP has compiled a list of useful resources with advice for farmers on how to make their farm more pollinator-friendly available in each Member state. 

Want to learn more on what citizens can do for wild pollinators?

IEEP has created guidance to citizens on how to engage in the conservation of pollinators.

Evaluating how pollinator conservation can be integrated into existing EU policy

IEEP reported on the integration of pollinator conservation into the Common Agricultural Policy (see also: Annexes) and on best practices to integrate pollinator conservation into national action plans under Directive 2009/128/EC on sustainable use of pesticides

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.

For more information, please contact IEEP's biodiversity researcher Evelyn Underwood