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  https://www.ted.com/talks/marla_spivak_why_bees_are_disappearing
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

Sources:

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.  https://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/conservation/species/pollinators/documents/ieep_2017_pollinator_initiatives_in_eu_member_states.pdf

TED Talks (2014) 'Marla Spivak Why bees are disappearing'
https://www.ted.com/talks/marla_spivak_why_bees_are_disappearing

The Velux Foundation (2020) "Scenarios for sustainable farming in Denmark". 
https://veluxfoundations.dk/en/scenarios-sustainable-farming-denmark