Central Asia Trialogue on Land Degradation, Biodiversity and Climate Change

From the 9th to the 11th of October 2019 academic scientists, policymakers and practitioners with indigenous and local knowledge in the region gathered in Almaty, Kazakhstan, for the Central Asia Regional Trialogue on Land Degradation, Biodiversity and Climate Change. The event was held as part of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) initiative managed by UNDP’s Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification. It was hosted by the Ministry of Ecology, Geography and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan and financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).  

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Practical session on NL Pollinator Strategy informs and inspires

On Thursday the 19th of September the annual meeting of the NL Pollinator Strategy ‘Bed & Breakfast for Bees’ took place in the city of Tilburg (the Netherlands). Policy-makers, ecologists and other interested parties came together to discuss the future of bees and other pollinating species.  Continue reading “Practical session on NL Pollinator Strategy informs and inspires”

Attention for beekeeping, bees and other pollinators at World Bee Day-event in Rome

The 20th of May has been declared by the UN to be World Bee Day (WBD). At the second observance of WBD, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), together with the Republic of Slovenia and Apimondia (the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations) organized a celebrational event at the headquarters of FAO in Rome. Parallel to this session there was also an observance at the UN headquarters in New York. The objective of the event was to ‘focus public attention on the role of beekeeping, bees and other pollinators in increasing food security and fighting hunger and poverty, as well as in providing key ecosystem services for agriculture’. Martijn Thijssen of Promote Pollinators was invited to speak in the panel of the event in Rome.

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Learning from indigenous peoples for science and policymaking

From the 21st to the 25th of January 2019 the Dialogue across Indigenous, local and scientific knowledge systems reflecting on the IPBES Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production took place in Thailand. In this sessionparticipants jointly reflected on the key messages derived from the Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Martijn Thijssen, member of the Promote Pollinators secretariat, was present during this special occasion and shares his experiences in this article.
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Morocco joined the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators

On 10 May 2019, Mr Mostafa Madbouhi, Moroccan focal point for the CBD, IPBES and Head of the Department for the Preservation of Biological Diversity in the Secretariat of State for Sustainable Development signed the declaration to join Promote Pollinators. Morocco is the first country joining the Coalition within the North Africa, Near and Middle East region. Morocco is also among the richest countries concerning pollinator diversity in the Mediterranean Basin. Continue reading “Morocco joined the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators”

Recap: working session + Sign-up Event IPBES-7

On the 29 April the members of Promote Pollinators and some interested others joined in a meeting to exchange experiences, present their national strategies and discuss the organizational model. On 1 May Burundi joined the coalition. Prior to the sign-up of Burundi, the representative of Costa Rica also expressed their intention to join our coalition by the next meeting of Promote Pollinators.

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