Bees are pollinators just like butterflies, birds, and bats. These species, some protected and some not are endangered by humans and that is why their populations are decreasing drastically.
That is the reason for the Directorate of Environment DNM to stand still on World Bee day on May 20. This day serves as awareness day and should help bring forward all that can be done to support, restore and enhance the important role of these pollinators.
Why are pollinators so important?
Bee pollination contributes directly to the production of food and the preservation of biodiversity in general. Pollination is when the pollen is brought over from one flower to another. Fertilization of the flower takes place so it can reproduce and produce fruits and vegetables containing seeds, for human consumption.
These seeds will sprout again and produce new plants.
Imagine a world with no chocolate or coffee. Very difficult right? That is comparable to a world with no pollinators like bees. Pollinators also indicate a healthy and balanced environment. In addition to the abundance of food and nutrients, pollinators also contribute to medicines, the production of fibers, and other materials. Bees also produce honey.
Some of the threats and issues that the bee populations encounter are the use of non-biological pesticides, disease, loss of habitat, and too hot temperatures caused by climate change. All of these threats are caused by humans, and they certainly affect the bee population.
Here are some things that you can do to help the bee population increase;
- Plant more trees and flowering plants;
- Buy local honey;
- Avoid the use of pesticide in the garden;
- Protect beehives;
- Contact a beekeeper to find out more about bee care
- Help spread awareness. Share information like this one with the community.
Fact: 90% of trees rely on pollination. A single bee can pollinate between 50 and 1000 flowers each time. If a group of 25000 bees goes out 10 times to pollinate on a day, they will pollinate about 250 million flowers per day.
The DNM urges everyone NOT to kill or fumigate bee groups. Contact a beekeeper who will catch the bees and take them away in a special container for their honey production.