The global decline in the bee population poses a threat to biodiversity. Its decline is related to intensive agricultural practices, monoculture, overuse of agricultural chemicals and climate change.
Next Saturday 13 May 2023 learn what we can do to safeguard key allies in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
This action is part of the European JOIN Project ‘Transnational Network of Young Women for a Just and Social Transition’, with the aim of creating an urban-rural ecosystem that enables different approaches to problems through channels of participation of young women, based on empowerment and leadership.
These are the activities scheduled for the morning of Saturday 13 May, between 10:00 a.m. and 14:00 p.m. (approximately):
Departure time: 09.00 a.m. from the Youth Service. of the Ayuntamiento de Murcia, at Calle Cronista Carlos Valcárcel 8, 30008, Murcia.
We will go by bus to the bee farm at Mirador San Javier, where we are expected to arrive around 10:00 a.m.
We will visit a bee farm to explore pollinator reduction and its impact on local biodiversity, food security and rural livelihoods.
Bees, and other insect pollinators, are essential to our ecosystems and biodiversity. A decline in pollinators means that many plant species could decline or even disappear along with the organisms that depend directly or indirectly on them. In addition, the decline in the number and diversity of pollinator populations has an impact on food security with possible losses in agricultural yields.
According to the European Commission’s Communication ‘EU Pollinator Initiative’ (COM/2018/395), 78% of wildflower species and 84% of crop species in the EU depend, at least in part, on insects to produce seeds. Pollination by insects or other animals also allows for greater variety and better quality in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. According to estimates, about 5-8% of current global crop production is directly attributed to pollination by animals.
There are several reasons for the decline in this population. These threats include changes in land use for agriculture or urbanisation, resulting in the loss and degradation of natural habitats.
The afternoon programme will take place between 16.00 p.m. and 18.00 p.m. approximately.
The second part of the day explores proposals to conserve and promote threatened pollinator species and their habitats, reduce risks from pests, pathogens and invasive species, and reduce risk from the use of plant protection products in rural and urban areas. We will write a report with recommendations from a gender perspective in the rural world.
The reduction of pollinators has a negative impact on rural livelihoods, especially of rural women, which are strongly connected to agriculture. Thus, the recommendations that emerge from this conference should also address the triple divide: the gender divide; the urban-rural territorial divide; and the digital divide.
Registration is free and open to all young people, especially women between the ages of 16 and 29. No previous knowledge is required.
More information and registration at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 685 836 866, sending us your name, surname, ID number and age.
This activity is organised by the Youth Service of the Department of Youth, Equality and Cooperation of the City Council of Murcia with the collaboration of the Association of Beekeepers of the Region of Murcia.
Project co-funded by the European Union – Eramus+ Programme.