Ten policies for pollinators: what governemnts can do to safeguard pollination services

Dicks, Lynn V., Viana, Blandina, Bommarco, Riccardo, Brosi, Berry, Arizmendi, María del Coro, Cunningham, Saul A., Galetto, Leonardo, Hill, Rosemary, Lopes, Ariadna V., Pires, Carmen, Taki, Hisatomo, and Potts, Simon G. (2016) Ten policies for pollinators: what governemnts can do to safeguard pollination services. Science, 354 (6315). pp. 975-976.

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[Extract] Earlier this year, the first global thematic assessment from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) evalutated the state of knowledge about pollinators and pollination (1,2). It confirmed evidence of large-scale wild pollinator declines in northwest Europe and North america and identified data shortfalls and an urgent need for monitoring elsewhere in the world. With high-level political commitments to support pollinators in the United States (3), the United Kingdom (4), and France (5); encouragement from the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD's) scientific advice body (6); and the issue on the agenda for next month's Conference of the Parties to the CBD, we see a chance for global-scale policy change. We extend beyond the IPBES report, which we helped to write, and suggest 10 policies that governments should seriously consider to protect pollinators and secure pollination services. Our suggestions are not the only available responses but are those we consider most likely to succeed, because of synergy with international policy objectives and strategies or formulation of international policy creating opportunities for change. We make these suggestions as independent scientists and not on behalf of IPBES.

Item ID: 47589
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 23:09
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960704 Land Stewardship @ 100%
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