Through coordinated events we have developed a campaign called Pollination Week that takes place at the second part of May every spring. Our concept is growing from year to year and has the ambition to become an important event for citizens all over Sweden, and eventually also the Nordic countries and Europe.
On Thursday 23th of May the Forum “How to achieve sustainable Pollination” was arranged in a Rosendal’s Garden in Stockholm.
To this day Lucas Garibaldi from Universidad Nacional de Río Negro in Argentina was invited as well as some of Sweden’s most knowledgeable and engaged experts on biodiversity, nature conservation, agriculture and urban planning.
The purpose of the meeting was to find concrete proposals on how to benefit pollinating insects by making measures to increase biodiversity and support pollinators in all parts of society.
Lucas Garibaldi gave an overview of the status of pollination globally and Maj Rundlöf from University of Lund described the situation in Sweden. Representatives from different fields of expertise gave their view on the obstacle and solutions for better conditions for pollinators and workshops were held on specific areas of pollination.
The results was later presented to the Swedish Minister of Environment and the Minister of Finance.
The Forum was arranged by Pollinate Sweden / Pollinate Europe in cooperation with Sweden’s Environmental Protection Agency, The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, the Federation of Swedish Farmers/LRF and Rosendal’s Garden Foundation.
The Forum “How to achieve sustainable Pollination” took part during the Pollination Week, a concept for dissemination that was launched by Pollinate Sweden in 2018. During 2019 Pollination Week will take place 18–26th of May.
Organizers were Lotta Fabricius Kristiansen, Beekeeper and Expert on pollination, and Anna Lind Lewin, Communication Expert on Food and Sustainability, also founders of the Network Pollinate Sweden and Pollinate Europe.
In spring 2019 Pollinate Europe started a long-term collaboration with the business chain Plantagen, which is leading in garden supply in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Through an instore campaign their customers will be guided to choose the right plants, trees and seeds to support pollinating insects.
The campaign contains attractive illustrations of and show what trees, plants, herbs and flowers to put in your garden to benefit the pollinators.
The purpose of the campaign is to increase knowledge of who the pollinators are – not only honeybees but also beetles, butterflies, hoverflies, solitary bees and bumblebees – and what they need. The illustrations are made by Aron Landahl, design by Anna Lind Lewin.
To enhance the importance of pollination in all parts of society we created the Special Prize “Pollinator of the Year” which first was assigned to the Swedish Transport Administration in summer 2017. They received the prize for their work in sustaining blooming roadsides that supports the local insect fauna on Gotland, Sweden.
The following year a role model for farmers was chosen to receive the prize, Niclas Malm at Glyttinge Farm in Östergötland, Sweden. He has been working on smart and profitable solutions that can encourage farmers to sow pollinator friendly flowers in and around their cultured fields.
Members of the network Pollinate Sweden will share knowledge and material on pollination and also work together on events like Pollination Week:
Swedish Bees / Svenska Bin
The Sweden’s Environmental Protection Agency
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
The Swedish Board of Agriculture
World Wildlife Fund, WWF
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Centre for Environmental and Climate Research / University of Lund
Swedish Professional Beekeepers association
Sigill Kvalitetssystem AB
Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
Urban Gardeners Alliance
“Farming in Balance” a project of The Federation of Swedish Farmers / LRF
Rosendal’s Garden Foundation