European Union measures to save wild bees and other pollinators have been largely ineffective, a new report shows.
The European Court of Auditors (ECA), an external agency that assesses how EU money is spent, found that a range of EU initiatives did not significantly slow down or halt the decline in pollinators in the EU.
Over the past few years, environmentalists have raised the alarm over the decline in wild bees and other pollinators worldwide.
Samo Jereb of the ECA said in a news release: “Pollinators play an essential role in plant reproduction and ecosystem functions.
“Their decline should be seen as a major threat to our environment, agriculture and quality food supply.
“The EU initiatives taken so far to protect wild pollinators have unfortunately been too weak to bear fruit.’’
For example, while the EU biodiversity strategy was aimed at halting the loss of biodiversity in general, it did not include any specific action for wild pollinators.
“Pollinators themselves are important for biodiversity as they fertilise fruit and flowers.
“Similarly, the EU’s 2018 Pollinator Initiative did not lead to enough policy changes in the EU countries.
“And while almost half of the EU territory is covered by agricultural land, the EU’s agricultural policy did not include legal provisions for wild pollinators,’’ the report said.
According to the report, this means that the use of pesticides contributed to the loss of bees and other pollinators.
“EU pesticides legislation is a main cause of wild pollinator loss,’’ the news release said.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye (NAN)
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