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Volume 40, Number 3, May-June 2009
Bee conservation
Page(s) 194 - 210
Published online 13 May 2009
Apidologie 40 (2009) 194-210
DOI: 10.1051/apido/2009017

Bee conservation policy at the global, regional and national levels

Andrew Byrne and Úna Fitzpatrick

National Biodiversity Data Centre, Beechfield House, WIT West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford, Ireland

Received 13 August 2008 – Revised 10 January 2009 – Accepted 27 January 2009 - Published online 13 May 2009

Abstract - Bees are important both ecologically and economically for the ecosystem service role they play as pollinators. Documented global decline in bees has sparked the formation of a global policy framework for pollinators, primarily through the International Pollinator Initiative within the Convention of Biological Diversity. There are now regional Pollinator Initiatives, along with regional and national conservation legislation, that can impact on the conservation of bees. The creation of bee Regional Red Lists, under guidance from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, along with conservation priority lists offer another mechanism for streamlining bees into regional, national or subnational conservation policy and practice. These structures, if utilised properly, can form a coordinated and effective policy framework on which conservation actions can be based.

Key words: conservation / policy / bee / international pollinator initiative / legislation

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