We want to start a discussion, create events and spread knowledge to raise awareness about the situation for solitary bees, bumblebees, honeybees and other pollinators.
The founders of Pollinate Sweden have realised that, despite the importance of pollination in food production, knowledge in Sweden is still too scarce on how to befriend pollinators. It is of greatest importance that politicians, farmers, food producers, engineers, landscape architects, gardeners, teachers and the public get to know how we can help the pollinators survive in gardens, parks and fields.
For this purpose Pollinate Sweden gathered some of Sweden’s experts and representatives of NGOs working with pollination.
A workshop for stakeholders of Pollinate Sweden took place at the beginning of December 2017 in Stockholm. There was full agreement to start a collaboration between the twenty representatives taking part. Through coordinated events we will develop a national campaign that can grow from year to year and in the long term become an important and positive event for citizens to share.
Our goal is that the full value of pollination shall be well known and the organisations, researchers, farmers, food producers and that the companies who engage in the issue will become rewarded and known for their achievements. Pollinate Sweden is during 2017–18 funded by the National Apiculture Program in Sweden.
We want the question of pollination to become as important and well known as climate change, clean seas or food waste, just to mention some other areas where people have gathered together to create attention on an urgent matter.
During spring 2018 we will launch the National Pollination Week with Swedish Gardens SSPPG, a network that unites all the most eminent parks and gardens in our country, like Hagaparken, Norrvikens trädgårdar or Tjolöholm.
During Pollination Week we will arrange pollinator walks, create homes for wild bees and produce special bee friendly seed bags. There will also be Beehive Days and Honey Tastings with local beekeepers.
In the next three years we aim to engage people all over the country in different activities during the Pollination Week.
Members of the network
The members of the network Pollinate Sweden will share and distribute each others knowledge and material
on pollination and also work together to create events like Pollination Week:
Swedish Bees / Svenska Bin
Swedish Public Parks&Gardens
the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Centre for Environmental and Climate Research/University of Lund
Swedish Beekeepers Association
the Swedish Professional Beekeepers
Sigill Kvalitetssystem AB
Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
Urban Gardeners alliance
independent ecological farmers
Pollinate Sweden is founded by Lotta Fabricius Kristiansen and Anna Lind Lind Lewin who have also been running the campaigns of the association Swedish Bees www.svenskabin.se