The International Pollinators Initiative is, of course, not an institution but is the result of effort, achievements and initiatives of people committed to the conservation and sustainable use of pollinators, around the world.
The evolution of the IPI has its origins in the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Considering the urgent need to address the issue of the worldwide decline in pollinator diversity, the Fifth Conference of the Parties to the CBD established an International Initiative for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Pollinators (also known as the International Pollinators Initiative-IPI) in 2000 (COP decision V/5, section II) and requested the development of a plan of action. The CBD Executive Secretary was requested by COP V to “invite the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to facilitate and co-ordinate the Initiative in close co-operation with other relevant organisations.” In November 2000, FAO organized a meeting with the participation of key experts to discuss how to elaborate the International Pollinators Initiative. Subsequently, a Plan of Action was prepared by FAO and the CBD secretariat; the Plan of Action of the IPI, was adopted in 2002 at COP 6 (decision VI/5).
The aim of the International Initiative for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Pollinators (IPI) is to promote coordinated action worldwide to:
- · monitor pollinator decline, its causes and its impact on pollination services;
- · address the lack of taxonomic information on pollinators;
- · assess the economic value of pollination and the economic impact of the decline of pollination services; and
- · promote the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of pollinator diversity in agriculture and related ecosystems.
FAO in its role of facilitating and coordinating the initiative has prepared two reports back to the Convention on progress in the implementation of the IPI in 2008 and 2010; these documents are attached. We anticipate facilitating further reports and welcome messages from other initiatives and people updating us on activities and progress.
FAO implements a “Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture” (see website www.internationalpollinatorsinitiative.org )
that provides a number of tools and information sources for conservation and sustainable use of pollinators, as its contribution to the implementation of the IPI. These include a pollination information management system, through which the current knowledge on the pollination needs of crops can be searched; a tool for assessing the value of pollination on a national level, and a key to the families of bees.
FAO also coordinates the ÜNEP/GEF-supported global project on “Conservation and Management of Pollinators for Sustainable Agriculture, through an Ecosystem Approach”, in partnership with national institutions in Brazil, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan and South Africa. This project will be producing a number of outputs of use to pollination practitioners around the world; handbooks on applying a protocol to detect and assess pollination deficits, and a methodology for monitoring the status and trends of pollinators will soon be made available.
Learn more about their Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture.
Learn more about their PROGRESS ON THE INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR THE CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF POLLINATORS