- * 16.5% -- Percentage of vertebrate pollinators threatened with extinction globally.
- * +40% – Percentage of invertebrate pollinator species – particularly bees and butterflies
- – facing extinction.
- * 1851 and 1986 flower visiting bee and wasp species – 19
- * The most rapid phase of extinction appears to be related to changes in agricultural policy and practices beginning in the 1920s
As a result, the UN, in accord with its Sustainable Development Goals, has urged the protection of pollinators. The IPBES suggested specific policy options ranging from raising the standards for pesticide regulation, to focus on ecosystems services rather than agrochemicals, and restoring ‘green-infrastructure’ to help nurture pollinators in urban and rural areas.
Our cities, in accord with developing “Healthy Cities” policies to move towards healthy sustainable environments and protect human health, needs to develop organic policies as a part of long term goals.
If your organization is interested, I offer a free presentation “Decline of Pollinators: Bees as a Cornerstone Species” which I have delivered to licensed County Environmental Health Specialists and can share it at no cost to your staff.
Please, in order to protect our ecosystems and health, move towards a systems based land management approach versus our current conventional agrochemical based techniques.
- Ollerton, Jeff et. al., “Extinctions of aculeate pollinators in Britain and the role of large-scale agricultural changes”, Science 12 Dec 2014: Vol. 346, Issue 6215, pp. 1360-1362 DOI: 10.1126/science.1257259 http://science.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1360.full.pdf+html
- Secretariat. "Pollination." IPBES. IPBES, 05 Mar. 2017. Web. 14 Mar. 2017.
- Countries urged to prioritize protection of pollinators to ensure food security at UN Biodiversity Conference - United Nations Sustainable Development - United Nations http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2016/12/pollinators/