The Welsh lead on action plans for pollinators

welsh pollinator action planThe Welsh Government has published an Action Plan for Pollinators in response to the concern over the decline of pollination species in the country and its potential impact on nature and the economy.

The Action plan, published in July 2013, has been released along with a draft implementation plan which the government is establishing a task-force from autumn this year and incrementally rolling out actions over 2014.

The Pollinator Action Plan aims to address pollination declines at many levels through; better joined up policy and governance; building a better evidence base; ensuring connected rich habitats, and by making sure that Welsh citizens are aware and engaged.

The draft implementation plan points to delivering a diverse range of responses on the ground across a wide variety of habitat areas.  Actions include getting outcomes from the CAP to improve pollinator diversity on agricultural land; working with the national estate, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to minimize impacts in wild and semi-wild places; working with local authorities and community groups in rural areas and encouraging private sector responses on commercial property developments. The plan includes aims for public communication, learning and engagement through a diverse range of partners and initiatives.

Part of the role of the task-force will be to identify resource needs (the Welsh government committed an additional £6m earlier this year to  support nature improvement and ecosystem resilience projects). The plan emphasizes the importance of developing baseline data and evidence to support the plan and to track progress. It stops short of recommending immediate further action on pesticides use but acknowledges concern over the use of neonicotinoids. The plan states Wales’s preparedness to review its conditions of insecticide approval to take account of relevant scientific and technical developments. It points out that Wales accounts for less than 2% of the UK’s pesticide usage so that proportionately this is a lesser issue for Wales compared to England.

Meanwhile Prof Ian Boyd, the Chief Scientific Adviser to Defra has appointed a scientific panel to review the evidence to guide England’s Pollinator Strategy. The group is being chaired by Prof Charles Godfrey (Oxford University) and includes Prof Simon Potts (Reading University), Prof Rosie Hails (CEH), Dr Adam Vanbergen CEH), Prof Lin Field (Rothamsted), Prof Nick Hanley (Stirling University) and Prof Stephen Martin (Salford University)

Related articles

National Pollinator Strategy August 14 2013

Pressures on pollinators April 22 2013

Westminster Environment Audit Committee stings like a bee April 5 2013


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