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Ecological Intensification Key to Stemming Pollinator Decline, Review Shows

April 05, 2017 |

This article was originally published on: Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

“…Managing biodiversity for pollinators, the review shows, will lead to enhanced agricultural productivity and help achieve global sustainable development goals aimed at improving food security and sustainable land use – while at the same time halting the loss of valuable habitats for pollinators.

The review ‘Ecological intensification to mitigate impacts of conventional intensive land use on pollinators and pollination‘ follows the 2016 Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) study which sought to highlight a number of ways to effectively safeguard pollinator populations.

Dr Vanbergen, co-author of the review from CEH said, “Conventional intensive agriculture reduces the capacity of landscapes to support pollinators. But agriculture can also be part of the solution by adapting practices and engineering landscapes in ways that safeguard pollinators and their role in supporting crop production.

“Managing land to better integrate beneficial biodiversity like pollinators into agricultural systems will help us ultimately to secure and sustain a more resilient food supply in a changing world.”…”

Read on at: Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

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