On 2nd July 2020 Tevi, together with our partners at SWEEP, presented the suite of reports we’ve created on business-led solutions to the pollinator decline problem. These reports are the product of the Local Seeds for Plants, Pollinators and People Challenge Network (CN). This CN is a multi-stakeholder initiative that was launched in early 2019 to facilitate the creation of business-led solutions to the pollinator decline issue.

Multi-stakeholder initiatives

Sustainability challenges present some of the most significant and interconnected problems to solve. No one organisation can tackle these challenges alone. Collaboration is the key, which is why Tevi has a dedicated series of Challenge Networks. The CNs operate as a platform for multi-stakeholder participation, by promoting knowledge exchange, collaborative design, and reciprocal support.

​The CNs bring many stakeholders together into a community of practice. Together we hone in on the key components of particular challenges and then identify, design and nurture new approaches, products or services to be deployed by local enterprises. ​

By bringing together people with diverse perspectives and experiences we’re starting to see positive local progress in response to global sustainability challenges, as well as even greater business ownership of these topics across the region. ​

Pollinator decline is an issue affecting a diverse range of sectors and businesses, along with scientists and many conservation organisations and NGOs. This particular CN fostered collaboration between these groups in order to facilitate effective, coordinated, and appropriate action to pollinator decline.

Pollinator decline

We are currently experiencing a biodiversity crisis in the form of the extreme pollinator decline. Pollinators provide essential environmental, economic, and social services by supporting biodiversity, providing numerous products, and aiding human health.

Habitat loss is one of the greatest drivers of pollinator decline – over 97% of flower-rich grassland, the food source of pollinators, has been lost from the UK since the 1930s. Other threats include pesticides, climate change, disease and invasive species.

This CN’s report summarises the current scientific knowledge of pollinator declines, overall business response to the problem and the increasing role of multi-stakeholder initiatives in facilitating action. Case studies of the businesses involved are detailed to inspire others, and a set of eight recommendation are outlined to help inform decisions by policy makers and businesses.

You can download the Challenge Network Report HERE

To support the report two short videos have been created. The first video illustrates the purpose of the report and demonstrates the ways in which all businesses can contribute toward conserving and protecting pollinators

This supplementary video explains the current scientific knowledge on pollinator declines and the key threats they face

To watch the event, which was presented by Dr Grace Twiston-Davies and includes a keynote talk by Gillian Burke – presenter for BBC Springwatch – in full click below: