UK Insect Pollinators Initiative

Edinburgh team sampling in Holyrood ParkBumble bee on GeraniumThe Urban Pollinators project is one of nine projects funded under the UK Insect Pollinators Initiative (IPI).

The IPI is a joint venture between five organisations and is funded under the auspices of Living with Environmental Change, a partnership between 22 public sector organisations that fund, carry out and use environmental research.

The purpose of the IPI is to promote innovative research aimed at understanding and mitigating the biological and environmental factors that adversely affect insect pollinators.

The key aims of the IPI are:

  1. To provide an evidence base to inform the conservation of wild insect pollinators and to improve the husbandry of managed species, in order to avoid the potentially catastrophic loss of the ecosystem services they provide
  2. To provide a basis for reducing current declines and sustaining healthy and diverse populations of pollinating insects for the future

The IPI is funded jointly by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), The Scottish Government and The Wellcome Trust. These five organisations share the common agreement that there is an urgent need for action for innovative research on insect pollinators.

The Initiative is supporting projects that aim to research the causes and consequences of threats to insect pollinators, and subsequently inform future mitigation strategies. In 2010, nine projects were announced that examine different aspects of the issue. The Urban Pollinators project is just one of these; please see information about the other projects.

For further information about the IPI please visit the Initiative website developed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology or download the Insect Pollinators Initiative summary PDF.

For more information about the funding organisations visit the IPI website or download the Insect Pollinators Initiative partners PDF.

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