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On the ‘Bee Path’ – Europe progresses towards halting pollinator declines - Buglife

Great Yellow Bumblebee feeding on red clover on RSPB Copinsay Orkney (photo Christine Hall - RSPB)
Great Yellow Bumblebee feeding on red clover on RSPB Copinsay Orkney (photo Christine Hall - RSPB)

The European Commission has reported on their work under the EU Pollinator Initiative.

There has been good progress on most of the actions set out by the EU in 2018 to help stem the decline in bees, hoverflies, moths and other pollinators. In particular there has been:

On the other hand the report recognises that progress has been insufficient on incorporating pollinators into national plans, making the Common Agriculture Policy pollinator friendly and ensuring that the pesticide approval process is updated to take into account the risks to pollinators.

The report concurs with the European Court of Auditors findings of 2020 that halting pollinator declines in Europe demands a step up in dedicated resources, including directed action to save red listed pollinator species, and greater commitment and coordination across Member States and EC directorates, particularly in relation to agriculture.

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