REBIPP becomes observer of Promote Pollinators
At the end of 2020, Promote Pollinators welcomed the Brazilian Network of Plant-Pollinator Interactions (REBIPP) as observer of the coalition. As an observer, REBIPP is not involved in decision making within the coalition, but they can take part in discussions.
The Brazilian Network of Plant-Pollinator Interactions (REBIPP) is a collaborative network of specialists in Pollination Biology and researchers of plant-pollinator interactions in its various dimensions. REBIPP was founded in October 2016 during the second Brazilian Pollination Symposium in order to encourage scientific, educational and extension activities related to Pollination Biology. Among the main actions are: 1) encourage collaborative studies among its participants; 2) elaborate an assessment of plant-pollinator interactions in Brazil; 3) integrate pollination knowledge of natural, agricultural, urban and restored areas; 4) identify knowledge gaps; 5) propose guidelines to subsidize public policies related to conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, including food production.
In a few years, REBIPP proved to be very productive. This dynamism is mainly based on the fact that REBIPP has collaborative, diverse and experienced researchers, distributed throughout the Brazilian territory. REBBIP has been developing actions in line with the above objectives, highlighting:
1) Organization of three Workshops in 2017 and 2018 aiming at the development and maintenance of the Plant-Pollinator Interactions Database;
2) Publication of the Brazilian Assessment on Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production (2019), developed in partnership with the Brazilian Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BPBES) and following the format of the International Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES);
3) Organization of the XII and XIII International Pollination Course (2017 and 2019);
4) Integration with other networks in Latin American countries, such as the Chilean Pollination Network and Pollination Biology Network of Argentina (2018), for the development of projects aiming the conservation of native pollinators;
5) Elaboration of the Catalão Letter in 2016 and preparation of the Pre-Draft Proposal for Public Policy for the Conservation of Pollinators under discussion in the Senate;
6) Development of the Brazilian Proposal for Conservation of Pollinators that will be sent to CBD in 2021 to be considered for COP 15.
Due to the actions above, REBIPP believes that her participation as an “Observer” of the coalition is important, as it will exchange experiences with other institutions and countries and more knowledge can be integrated to produce important actions for the conservation of pollinators at the local, regional and global levels.