Status and trends of European pollinators. Key findings of the STEP project

S. Potts, K. Biesmeijer, R. Bommarco, D. Kleijn, J.A. Scheper

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Abstract

Natural Capital, and the ecosystem services derived from it, are essential to human well-be-
ing and economic prosperity. Indeed, nature inspires and provides many solutions that can
help us tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For example, pollinators
matter because a majority of European crops depend or benet from insect pollination.
Another example is the contribution of pollinators to preserving cherished natural and
cultural landscapes through wildower pollination.
However, due to a cocktail mix of drivers of change, pollinator species are disappearing and
pollinator populations are declining. ese losses accentuate several of our societal chal-
lenges, including food security and ecosystem degradation. Hence, building knowledge on
the causes behind pollinator decline, and the eects of pollinator decline on other species
and ecosystems is essential. e STEP project has contributed signicantly within this eld,
with a particular focus on the status and drivers behind trends in European pollinators.
Furthermore, research into the dierent solutions for maintaining or enhancing pollinator
populations is crucial. ese activities enrich the knowledge base on Nature-based solu-
tions, solutions that are inspired by or supported by nature and address societal challenges
while maintaining or enhancing our natural capital. Overall, research and innovation ac-
tions such as those successfully supported by the STEP project, contribute to greening the
economy and making development sustainable.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSofia, Bulgaria
PublisherPensoft Publishers
Number of pages72
ISBN (Print)9789546427625, 9789546427632
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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