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Beeweek

Bee Mortality: Should We BEE Concerned?

Brussels – The unusual rate of bee mortality around the world has a significant impact on pollination and the production of fruits and vegetables. While a wide range of opinions and studies have surfaced in recent years to explain this phenomenon, they are often contradictory and some lacking scientific evidence. A good understanding of the issue is therefore needed in order for policy makers to make sound decisions and policies to protect bees.

For this reason, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (ULg), BeeOdiversity, and the Bees Biodiversity Network (France) are pleased to organise the 2nd European Week of Bees and Pollination through the support of Gaston Franco (Member of European Parliament).

4 June 2013, in Gembloux (Belgium), renowned scientists from around the world will come together to give an overview of beekeeping and bee mortality in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. They will discuss the known causes that contribute to bee mortality and highlight where key gaps in research still exist.

"Taking the time to understand and discuss the issues is essential if we are to grasp the complexities surrounding the growing rate of bee mortality across the globe. This international conference will allow key stakeholders and policy makers to speak directly with internationally known experts", said Thierry Lucas, Pan-European Biodiversity, UNEP.

5 June 2013, at the European Parliament in Brussels, scientists will join policy makers to discuss current national and European strategies and further actions needed to stop the decline of bees.

"Beekeeping and agricultural are clearly linked. We cannot have one without the other as bees are essential for food production. It is for this reason that bees and biodiversity concern us all. This conference will help to explore urgently needed solutions to the problem of bee mortality", explained Gaston Franco, Member of European Parliament and creator of the event.

From 3 to 4 June 2013, the square in front of the European Parliament (Altiero Spinelli Building) will be buzzing with a Bee Village, where the public is invited to learn more about bees, speak with beekeepers, and even taste some local honey.

Registration is free. For more information, please visit our website at www.beeweek2013.eu

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