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|Bounding Coordinates||South West [49.503, 2.515], North East [51.502, 6.394]|
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|Start Date / End Date||1810-01-01 / 2018-01-01|
Recent researches show a general decline of pollinators in the world. With a long naturalist tradition, the dynamics of biodiversity in Belgium is one of the best known in the world. A previous analysis of the distribution of wild bees showed that out of 360 species, almost one third were already extinct or in regression. Since then, the situation is probably worse as in other countries. However, we lack detailed data to assess both the magnitude of the decline and the nature of the explanatory drivers involved. Now, environmental and economic issues related to pollination ecosystem service "pollination" become critical. Some restoration actions are launched at the federal and regional levels, but it is essential to clearly identify the causal factors and their combination in order to act properly. Several hypotheses are cited to explain the disappearance of pollinators: • climate change • changes in the structure of rural landscapes that increase the fragmentation and isolation of populations leading to loss of genetic diversity • increasing agricultural intensification and standardization of production processes eliminating food sources • the use of pesticides that may have direct and indirect effects on populations of pollinators • the development of diseases The general goals of the project are: 1) to collect and analyze data on recent changes in wild bee populations in Belgium, and 2) to assess the respective roles of different assumptions on the decline to identify field action combinations needed to restore pollination service in agro-ecosystems. Project partners: * BDFGM, Banque de Données Fauniques de Gembloux et Mons. Database co-owned by UMons and ULiège - Gembloux Agro-BioTech. It includes BDFGM_Mons and BDFGM_Gx * UMons, Université de Mons: database management, digitization of collections and literature, sampling in nature * RBINS, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences: digitization of collections and literature, sampling in nature. it includes the RBIN_Pauly, for the data digitized by Alain Pauly. * UGent, Universiteit van Gent: sampling in nature * UNamur, Université de Namur: sampling in nature * ULg, Université de Liège - Gembloux Agro-Biotech: digitization of collections and literature * Natuurpunt: digitization of collection material, citizen science network administration. It includes Natuurpunt_WID after the name of one of the subgroup of Natuurpunt organisation. * Natagora: citizen science network administration * DEMNA Service Public de Wallonie
|Title||Multidisciplinary assessment of Belgian wild bees decline to adapt mitigation management policy (BELBEES)|
|Funding||Research project BR/132/A1/BELBEES funded by BELSPO|
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