Concerned by the need for a coordinated action worldwide to safeguard and manage pollinators for functioning and maintenance of the health of ecosystems, a global Environmental group, “Friends of the earth” has called on authorities to develop an action plan to raise pollinators.
In a global campaign posted on its website, the international network of environmental organisation in 74 countries said if not checked, the decline in pollinators’ diversity and abundance would have a serious impact on our natural world and food production.
To this end, the group says it is important to protect existing natural habitats, because ” This is key because once we destroy a complex, established ecosystem, it can be difficult to recreate what was there before”.
It further argues that it is also crucial to “restore existing areas in order to encourage plants to re-establish themselves.”
“If grassland or hedges are cut too often or too hard, they lose their value for bees. Trees and shrubs, verges and parks need to be allowed to flower and fruit. Bees need the pollen and nectar that flowers provide, while birds need the seeds”. It added
The group says businesses also have a huge role to play in actualising this cause. It recommends that retailers can “ban bee-harming neonicotinoids from their garden plants, and some farmers also can grow oilseed rape and wheat without these pesticides.”
Seventy-five per cent of flowering plants rely on insects for pollination. Among the most common insect pollinators are bees, wasps, beetles, butterflies, moths, and flies.
These insects and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food.
In addition to their value to agriculture, these animals also play a vital role in maintaining our ecosystems.
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