Pollination is a vital process for the survival of ecosystems. It has a significant impact on wild flowering plants, global food crops, and agricultural land.
The United Nations designated May 20th as World Bee Day to raise awareness about pollinators and their contribution to sustainable development.
However, protective measures are needed for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, bats, and hummingbirds due to threats posed by monoculture farming and pesticide misuse.
World Bee Day 2023 focuses on promoting pollinator-friendly agricultural practices through global collaboration and evidence-based approaches to ensure their preservation.
Here’s what you can do to help pollinators.
- Plant native plants. Native plants, specifically those indigenous to the area, are best suited for native bee species. By planting a diverse array of native plants that bloom at various times throughout the year, you can make a significant positive impact on pollinators.
- Buy raw honey from local farmers. Many smallholder farmers employ responsible methods in their beekeeping operations. By buying raw honey, beeswax, or other bee products directly from these local producers, you can contribute to their livelihoods while promoting sustainable beekeeping.
- Leave a water bowl outside. Bees require water after their busy day of buzzing around. Providing a clean and shallow water bowl, along with rocks or sticks to prevent drowning, offers bees a resting place and essential refreshment.
- Avoid pesticides, fungicides or herbicides in gardens. These chemicals can be lethal to pollinators and contaminate hives through nectar or pollen collected from treated plants. Instead, explore natural alternatives to manage pests affecting your garden plants. By opting for natural solutions, you can safeguard pollinators and maintain a healthy environment for them.
- If you’re a farmer, diversify crops as much as possible and create a good habitat for bees. Preserve certain areas of your farm as natural habitats, and cultivate hedgerows using native plants that bloom at various times throughout the year. Plant enticing crops like sunflowers and lavender, which are attractive to bees. Minimize pesticide usage and avoid disturbing bee-nesting sites to create a favorable environment for these essential pollinators.