The Mediterranean Basin is an area characterised by diverse agricultural management systems as well as climate differences from very dry and hot to very humid and cold areas. Climate change among other stressors threatens wild pollinators, influencing the complexity and stability of pollinators’ community. Preserving the landscape structure, the resilience of bees and other pollinators and promoting sustainable beekeeping practices are important elements for re-designing the agroecosystem. By testing the adaptability of local populations we will be able to provide robust recommendations and to ensure or increase the resilience of the agroecosystems, while reducing colony losses. It is our aim to evaluate farming strategies that foresee the presence and the interactions among Apis and non-Apis bees in order to increase crop productivity. We are assessing the landscape pollination demand, and pollination supply provided by both managed and unmanaged bees. We will address these topics by assessing the pollination services provided by both Apis and non-Apis bees on different crops considering scenarios linked to climate, landscape structure and complexity. Resilient ‘agro-ecological systems’ will be ensured considering both the beekeepers’ and the farmers’ perspective.
Concept and methodology
The overall objective of SafeAgroBee is to contribute to adaptation and mitigation of the effects of climate change and other drivers negatively influencing the sustainability and the resilience of the agroecosystems in the Mediterranean basin, ensuring the income of farmers and food security. In SafeAgroBee we focus on beekeeping and on pollination services provided by both Apis and non-Apis bees as important drivers in ruling food security, biodiversity, and human well-being.
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Expected impact and results:
–Scientific Impact: Increase knowledge on a) using Apis and non-Apis bees/ other pollinators for ensuring sustainable local crop production through providing pollination services; b) honey bee colony productivity and beekeeping management strategies; c) trends on effects of climate change on Apis and non Apis bees and other pollinators; d) minimising colony losses and risks from pollination adequacy; e) predicting the Health Status and productivity of a honey bee colony; f) protecting local biodiversity and their adaptability — Societal Impact: a) enhance citizens’ and policy makers’ engagement in problem analysis, solving and decision making; b) strengthen the farmer-beekeeper relationship for the benefit of all and food security; c) raise awareness on the importance of bees and pollinators/ the need for preservation of local healthy populations — Economic Impact: Increase marketing potential of precision apiculture tools; b) advance in innovation; c) optimise of land resources exploitation; d) increase job offers; e) ensures sustainability of income to farmers and beekeepers