BES-Net Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Rural Development
According to a recent global report on pollinators conducted by IPBES, 70% of the plants that we eat, and 90% of wildflowers depend on pollinators. The report also concluded that these pollinators are in decline and severely threatened throughout the world. It is critical that the results of the global assessment be shared, understood and debated by policymakers, scientists and practitioners on the ground; and that such dialogue contributes to the policy reform and practical action necessary to reduce the threats to the pollinators and, ultimately, to food production and rural livelihoods.
This is why the Trialogues are so important, fostering dialogue and capacity-building across sectors and the communities of science, policy and practice. Eastern Europe has been selected as the region to hold the first Trialogue on Pollinators, Food Security and Rural Development, using the related IPBES assessment findings. It will take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 18-20 October 2017, hosted by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism as the IPBES Focal Point, with support from the Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe - Biodiversity (ORF-BD) which is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The Trialogue aims to reach a common agenda for action around pollinators and its importance for food security and rural development in Eastern Europe. The event will bring together about 60 stakeholders from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova and Montenegro representing all three BES-Net communities of local farmers and bee-keepers, scientists and policy makers. The event will also include a high-level event with government authorities, donor and partners, which involves a signature ceremony of the Declaration of the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators with a press conference.
At the Trialogue, participants will jointly assess the current situation, including economic impact and drivers of pollinators’ decline in the region, how this affects biodiversity as well as the services that pollinators provide for agriculture, the agri-business and food security. The discussions will also focus on the important co-benefits of sustainable management and protection of pollinators and their habitats. The Trialogue will result in a set of concrete actions for both policy and agricultural practice at national and regional level. For more information please follow the links below.