Ireland is famous for their quality food, wildlife and beautiful landscape, but this would not be the case without bees. As a matter of fact, insect pollination is important for tourism, the economy, the environment and the health of the Irish. The country has 99 different bee-species. But many are in trouble. Nowadays a third of the bee population of Ireland is threatened with extinction! Therefore the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan was brought to life in 2015. And everyone can help!
Today, Colombia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Republic of Ireland joined the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators. By signing the declaration of Cancún they show their intent to take action and collaborate on promoting pollinators. This brings the total of signatories to twenty-one. The sixth IPBES conference in Medellin, Colombia was the backdrop for this special event.
The 17th of July 2017, as the first African country, Ethiopia signed the Declaration on the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators. The signing was done by Melesse Maryo (PhD), Director General of the Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, accompanied by Fedeke Woldeyes (PhD).
From Holland, the head of the bureau of the Coalition Baud Schoenmaeckers witnessed the signing.
A small but important step on CoP 13 on Biological Diversity
Perhaps not of the biggest international political importance, but one of the highlights of the Conference of the Parties on Biodiversity was the set up and signing of the Declaration on the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators. Thirteen countries signed in Mexico and many countries, organisations and businesses want to join. “The declaration is a good start in worldwide protection of pollinators since they are not bind by borders”, one of the signatories declared.