Pollinators & policy

  • Pollinators are not protected under the EU Habitats Directive or by national legislation in Ireland.
  • Documented global decline in bees has sparked the formation of a global policy framework for pollinators, primarily through the International Pollinator Initiative within the Convention of Biological Diversity..
Underneath this there are a number of regional representative IPI’s, put together by The São Paulo Declaration forum: e.g., the African Pollinator Initiative, the European Pollinator Initiative (EPI), the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. In combination with regional and national conservation legislation, these help create a framework for the conservation of pollinators.

Review of policy in relation to bees:

Byrne A., Fitzpatrick Ú. (2009) Bee conservation policy at the global, regional and national levels, Apiologie, Special Edition Bee Conservation, 40.