Amsterdam defies bees dying with a simple solution.
The death knell has been sounded by scientists all over the world.
Bees are dying in the millions.
But in Amsterdam the trend has been reversed.
But that is rare.
Amsterdam is making an effort.
And Amsterdam has shown great results.
Since 2000 the wild bee and honeybee population increased 45 per cent.
Amsterdam has created bee-friendly environments.
But most countries and cities are doing very little to try to restore the world’s bee population.
Canada only will begin phasing out dangerous pesticides for bees in 2021.
And creating bee-friendly environments does not have to be complex.
In Amsterdam it is as simple as an overgrown, sunburnt patch of shrubs near a subway station.
The city maintains green spaces without the use of poisons or pesticides.
And they attract bees.
Other methods are wildflower gardens.
Amsterdam Defies Bees Dying
Amsterdam initiated a study on its bee population.
It found bees in 80 different places.
The different species rose from 51 to 61.
Also three new species were found and species that were almost extinct in 2000 were back in great numbers.
“Insects are very important because they’re the start of the food chain,” said Geert Timmermans, one of eight ecologists working for the city. “When it goes well with the insects, it also goes well with the birds and mammals.”
And the city is spending money to not only make the city more bee friendly but the whole city more environmentally friendly.
It has created a $38.5 million sustainability fund.
“Our strategy is to when we design a park, we use native species but also the species that give a lot of flowering and fruit for (bees),” Timmermans says.
Bees are pollinators for about one-third of the plants we eat, a service that has been valued at €153 billion (US$168 billion) per year worldwide.