On this page, first of all information is provided about how Promote Pollinators, the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators, was established. Second, a historical overview is given, including memorable moments in its existence, such as milestones, important meetings and efforts made by members.
The founding of Promote Pollinators
By the end of 2016, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) firstly presented its Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production. This assessment covers changes in animal pollination as a regulating ecosystem service that underpins food production and its contribution to gene flows and restoration of ecosystems. It addresses the role of native and exotic pollinators, the status of and trends in pollinators and pollination networks and services, drivers of change, impacts on human well-being, food production of pollination declines and deficits and the effectiveness of responses to pollination declines and deficits. The assessment informs enhanced policy responses to declines and deficits in pollination by identifying policy-relevant findings for decision-making in government, the private sector and civil society, as well as by helping to demonstrate how an essential ecosystem service contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Driven by the IPBES Assessment, during the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) in Cancun, Mexico, 11 countries expressed their concern about the decline of pollinating species and their habitats worldwide, and their willingness to act. According to these countries, working together and sharing knowledge will motivate countries to take measures and putting them into effect. With this as a starting point, they united to establish such an alliance. On Sunday the 4th of December they announced their intention to collaborate in a ‘Coalition of the Willing’ on pollination and the protection of pollinators.
During the Side Event on Pollination and Food Production at COP13, which was held on Tuesday the 6th of December 2016, besides the presentation of the Assessment’s key findings, the delivery of several messages by the Co-Chairs of the Assessment and presentations from key Governments about national strategies and action plans, time was reserved to discuss the announcement of the new Coalition of the Willing. This led to the creation of a declaration document including a list of commitments, serving as a tool for action perspective. During a signing ceremony later that week, thirteen countries signed the Declaration and became the first members of Promote Pollinators, the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators. The first countries to join the Coalition were Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Peru, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.
Promote Pollinators, the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators, is established by 13 countries during CBD COP13 in Cancun, Mexico. The first members of the coalition are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Peru, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.
Ethiopia joins Promote Pollinators.
IPBES6 Medellin, Colombia: the Promote Pollinators Secretariat hosts a Sign-Up Event to welcome new members. New to the coalition are Colombia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Republic of Ireland.
First World Bee Day celebrated in Slovenia: on 20 December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly in New York unanimously adopted the decision to proclaim 20 May World Bee Day. Initiator of this memorable development is the Slovenian Beekeeping Association.
The European Commission adopts the EU Pollinators Initiative to address the decline of wild pollinating insects.
Sweden joins Promote Pollinators.
The Netherlands adopts the NL Pollinator Strategy.
Caribbean Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Climate Resilience.
CoP14 in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt: The Promote Pollinators Secretariat hosts a working session for members and a Sign-Up Event to welcome new members. New members: Estonia, European Union, Norway.
The FAO hosts a side-event on pollinators and presents the 2nd International Pollinator Initiative. The CBD, FAO and the Government of Mexico, in partnership with GIZ, Rare, IUCN and Conservation International, organize a session on the role of Pollinators during Agriculture Day at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, focusing on ‘Agriculture and Biodiversity: Walking hand-in-hand toward a sustainable world.’
Colombia launches Colombian Pollinator Initiative.
The Belgian Pollinators expert group of the SG biodiversity created a policy brief drawing attention to the importance of taking into account pollinators in the review of the common agricultural policy.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands, in collaboration with distinguished partners, such as Naturalis, the national research institute for biodiversity, Wageningen University and Research and the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science organizes a hackathon dedicated to support the goals of the NL Pollinator Strategy ‘Bed & Breakfast for Bees’.
Dialogue across Indigenous, local and scientific knowledge systems reflecting on the IPBES Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production in Thailand.
IPBES-7 in Paris, France: the Promote Pollinators Secretariat hosts a working session for members and a Sign-Up Event to welcome new members. New member: Burundi.
Morocco joins Promote Pollinators
Second World Bee Day celebrated in Rome. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), together with the Republic of Slovenia and Apimondia (the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations) organizes a celebrational event at the headquarters of FAO in Rome. Martijn Thijssen of Promote Pollinators was invited to speak in the panel of the event in Rome. An observance is held at the UN headquarters in New York.
Regional Anglophone Africa Trialogue on Bright Spots for Land Degradation Neutrality, Pollinators and Food Security.
Nigeria joins Promote Pollinators and adopts national action plan.
Germany adopts Action Programme for Insect Protection.
Central Asia Trialogue on Land Degradation, Biodiversity and Climate Change.