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.
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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Colombia has been a member of the coalition since March 2018. Since then, they took major steps in protecting pollinators and their habitats. They concretize their active participation with a newly developed national strategy, in which they incorporated a roadmap with priorities. Lees “The Colombian Pollinators Initiative” verder
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. Lees “Morocco joined the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators” verder
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.
This morning, Burundi signed the declaration of Promote Pollinators during the Sign-up Event in Paris. This afternoon the Promote Pollinators secretariat published a press statement concerning this event. Read more and download the full statement!
Session on the role of Pollinators, Rio Conventions Pavilion, 25 November 2018
At Sharm El Sheikh, another event took place that also highlighted the importance of pollinators. This was the Agriculture Day at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, which focused on the theme ‘Agriculture and Biodiversity: Walking hand-in-hand toward a sustainable world.’ It was co-organized by the CBD, FAO and the Government of Mexico, in partnership with GIZ, Rare, IUCN and Conservation International.
The end of 2018 is rapidly approaching. 2018 was the secretariat’s first year serving the coalition. We met twice with the coalition: in Medellin and Sharm el Sheikh. In this article we look back on a memorable year.
On the 18th of November the members of the Coalition of the Willing Promote Pollinators and some interested others joined in a meeting to exchange experiences and discuss the organization.