Plenary Sessions - Day
Setting the Scene
13:30 - 14:30
How are a culture’s values reflected in its landscapes? Where do we find the honeybee in our hearts?
Are we helping the bees or are the bees trying to help us?
As we reach an ecological crisis of unprecedented proportions, with the world changing in the profoundest of ways, we feel a need to look to the honeybee for guidance.For nourishment of soul. For wonder.
What is necessary for the inspiration of the bees to become powerful enough to achieve true transformation of our (cultural) values. How can we emulate them.
Showcasing the Work of Major Dutch Pollinator Initiatives
14:30 - 15:00
How can we help the bees thrive in a predominantly mono-cultural landscape?
How can we communicate the importance of a thriving relationship between bees and landscape? How can we inspire people to become active participants in safeguarding the bees’ future?
Resilient ecosystems are essential for the survival of bees and other pollinators. The Dutch landscape is heavily dominated by both intensive, large-scale agriculture and urbanization. Pollinators go hungry. Half of the 357 bee species are in danger of becoming extinct. We need to restore biodiversity. And we need to do it together.
The Bee Foundation
The primary goal of The Bee Foundation is restoring and strengthening bio-diverse habitats for bees and other pollinators to thrive. As from the start in 2015, together with a diverse number of land-owners, the Bee foundation is involved in planting and sowing native trees, shrubs and flowers that benefit pollinators, as well as educating municipalities, schools and many other parties involved on the importance of resilient habitats for resilient bees. In 10 years time the Bee Foundation wants to create 10.000 hectares of ‘bee oases’..
The Pollinators project was created with the aim of creating as many flourishing habitats as possible, and to inspire others to take action. Together with numerous local partners The Pollinators tour the country to plant organic flowers and bulbs, organize educational (and fun!) activities and festivals and inspire policy makers to take responsibility in safeguarding habitats.