Conservation of pollinator diversity for enhanced climate change resilience
As of: January 2021
Bees, wasps, flies, beetles and butterflies are important pollinators of wild and cultivated plants – and the role they play in nature has a huge ecological and economic impact. The project contributes to the conservation of pollinator diversity in Morocco and four other countries, and develops a global product commitment in the form of product quality and pollinator-friendly production. It introduces the economically self-supporting approach of “agriculture with wild pollinators”. The approach measures the income gain (et alia) that can be achieved by improving the living conditions for pollinators – and this also serves as an incentive for farmers and policy designers to protect these insects. The project is establishing the first pollinator inventory for the Western Asia and North Africa region, and training project partners to establish even smaller projects in their own countries. Cross-sectoral pollinator protection is to be achieved through national, political round tables.
State of implementation/results
- The article “Pollinator protection strategies must be feasible for all nations” has been published (Christmann 2020: Nature Ecology & Evolution, rdcu.be/…).
- The 50-minute film "Gain better yield by protecting pollinators" is available in English under youtu.be/… and in Arabic under youtu.be/…
- The article "Climate change enforces to look beyond the plant – the example of pollinators" has been published (Christmann 2019: Current Opinion in Plant Biology, doi.org/…).