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Conservation of pollinator diversity for enhanced climate change resilience

As of: July 2020

Objective and activities

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 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/…)

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Project data

Country:
Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestinian National Authority, Tunisia

Implementing organisation:
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas

Partner institution(s):
  • Agricultural Research Center/Horticultural Research Institute (HRI)
  • Institute of Agricultural Research and Higher Education (IRESA) - Tunesia
  • National Agriculture Research Center (NARC) - Palestine
  • National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) - Jordan
  • National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) - Algeria
  • The Plant Protection Central Research Institute - Turkey

BMU grant:
6.583.079,00 €

Duration:
06/2017  till  05/2022


Website(s):

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