The assessment report of the intergovernmental science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services (IPBES) on pollinators, pollination and food production is out! An impressive piece of work, carried out by experts from all regions of the world, and bringing together the current state of knowledge on this important topic. It has been an extensive exercise, entailing for instance the analysis of over 3,000 scientific publications, tells us that pollinators are at risk and provides a critical assessment of issues facing decision-makers. You find information on the role of native and managed pollinators, the status and trends of pollinators and pollinator-plant networks and pollination, drivers of change, impacts on human well-being, food production in response to pollination declines and deficits and the effectiveness of responses. The assessment will be an important source of information, for instance related to the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, outlining a wide range of management and response options that are available to improve pollinator health.
Dr Christian Maus, Global Lead Scientist at the Bayer Bee Care Center and one of 80 contributors to this report, stresses that it comes down to a societal discussion: ‘how can we best balance our need for resources, while preserving the diversity that ‘holds the world steady’. And this holds true for our relationship with pollinators: sustainable agriculture needs crop protection and pollinator health to go hand in hand, and they can.
The IPBES Report can be downloaded from their website.