European policy instruments for pollinators

Monday, December 14, 2009: 1:55 PM
Sagamore 3-5, Second Floor (Convention Center)
Simon G. Potts , Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, Reading University, Reading, United Kingdom
Conservation of pollinators, or any other component of biodiversity, requires actions across policy sectors and multiple spatial scales. Key instruments covering pollinators in Europe include: (1) the International Pollinator Initiative, which is part of the programme on Agricultural Biodiversity of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which all European Union Member States have signed up to; (2) National Biodiversity Strategies which provide a framework of Action Plans targeted at habitats, species and local issues of conservation concern; (3) Agri-environment schemes, obligatory for all European Union Member States, where farmers receive payments for providing environmental services; (4) protected area legislation which operates from large-scale continental networks of protected areas through to local nature reserves; (5) Regional and national Red Lists which provide objective assessments of extinction risks. Other policy sectors, such as transport and trade, are also increasingly developing legislation which considers pollinators.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.45486