Saving Bees: Good Initiatives

It is a commonly known fact that globally, the insect species are in a steep decline. Why are the pollinators, especially the bees - almost one third of all the bee species- disappearing? What to do? This overview starts with a great TED talk video with Marla Spivak (TED Talks under Creative Commons Licence) available at
Denmark has officially 286 bee species in evidence, however, the actual number might be even higher (Underwood et al, 2017:21). In order to protect the pollinators, Denmark has launched several initiatives, such as:
  •  cooperation between the beekeeping, horticultural and the agricultural sectors to coordinate bee-friendly agricultural practices, such as prevention of monocultures and support of biodiversity (Underwood et al, 2017; TED Talk with Marla Spivak; The Velux Foundation, 2020)
  • the 'Nature Package' initiative includes "requirements of 25% coverage of flowering plants and bushes valuable to pollinators, types of flowering crops, and installation of wild flower strips"  (Underwood et al, 2017:21)
  • the Danish action plan on organic farming strictly prohibits the use of pesticides, which harm honeybees (Underwood et al, 2017)
  • currently, the organic farmland in Denmark equals to 6% of the total farmed area (Underwood et al, 2017)
  • the Danish Environment agency (Miljøstyrelsen-MST) and a railway agency in Copenhagen have partnered together to create bee-friendly biodiversity areas along the railways  (Underwood et al, 2017)
  • many cities  and towns all over Denmark have started planting bee-friendly flowers in huge flower pots in city centres and parks


Underwood, E., Darwin, G. and Geritsen, E. (2017) 'Pollinator Initiatives in EU Member States: Success Factors and Gaps'. Institute for european environmental policy (ieep). funded by the European Commission.

TED Talks (2014) 'Marla Spivak Why bees are disappearing'

The Velux Foundation (2020) "Scenarios for sustainable farming in Denmark".