Multi-million pound bee project gets green light from EU

Professor Iain Fraser

A NEW project that aims to reverse the declines of wild pollinators is set to receive a multi-million pound investment from the EU’s North Sea Region Interreg Programme.

BEESPOKE (Benefitting Ecosystems through Evaluation of food Supplies for Pollination to Open up Knowledge for End users) will look explore ways of increasing the levels of pollinators and crop pollination at local and landscape levels by providing land managers and policy makers with new expertise, tools and financial knowledge to create more sustainable and resilient agroecosystems.

With a total budget of £4.1 million pounds over a three-and-a-half-year period, the project brings together a wide range of partners, from policy makers to research institutes, to increase the diversity of insect pollinators and crop yields by 10%…

There are 16 project partners involved, including the University of Kent represented by Professor Iain Fraser from the School of Economics.

For further information, see the official press release on the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust website here.