Climate change affecting bees UN official says

honey beeUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Stephen O’Malley, has said the effects of climate change are already having a negative impact on the pattern of bees.

This in turn affects our food supply, he said.

O’Malley made the remarks while delivering an address on the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEP SGP) Apiculture Development Project (ADP) at the Dominica State College (DSC) auditorium on Thursday.

“Changes in climate are already known to impact on bees’ pattern of activities,” He said. “Earlier foraging of bees and later blooming of plants is impacting on the bees’ pollen supply and will impact on human food supply. There are expectations of poor crop pollination, resulting in lower yields, with a negative impact on agricultural crops and food security. Also there is increased risk of disease in bees.”

He stated it is unknown how or if bees will adapt to climate change and “indeed there is growing concern over the plight of bees worldwide.”

“This is why it is so important that we adapt to strategies that will enable us to protect and manage these pollinators which are so crucial to our livelihoods,” O’Malley informed.

The ADP aims at increasing the capacity of bee hives on island and is specifically targeted at people who are already in the bee business and will teach them to conserve biodiversity, to achieve best quality and standards for certification and increase market share and value.

Three local cooperatives will benefit from this program: Soul Cooperative, Pure blossom and the Bee Keepers Cooperative.

It is the first strategic project to be funded by the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEPSGP) in Dominica and it is being coordinated by the National Steering Committee and the Beekeeping Cooperatives.

The GEP SGP is a corporate program implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and executed under the UN Office for Projects Services. It was launched in 1992.

The ADP, with a grant of US $147,000, is one of 93 projects funded in Dominica to date with grants totaling US$ 2,360,383 and an average size of US$ 25,380.00.

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  1. anonymous2
    October 7, 2014

    What’s doing it is the herbicides, pesticides and GMO crops, not the climate. More U.N. propaganda.

  2. Producer
    October 6, 2014

    Stephen O’Malley, why not just tell the world the TRUTH that Bees are being annihilated? Climate change, really? Why can’t you tell people the fact that Monsanto’s radical pesticide production/distribution/utilization are the real factors behind Bees being extinct, soon? You would not dare speak the truth, now would you? If you need to wear radiation protective gear to apply manure to food crops, you know it’s poisonous to the food and in turn to the consumers of the food! Don’t come here talking your garbage and think everyone will buy your [email protected]! The real deal is to take control of our food production by intentionally messing up the bee population, then blame it on climate change – pure hog-wash! Some of us know your MO, don’t try me partner! Come again!

  3. BEB
    October 4, 2014

    I have pumpkins planted, they are just running along the grounds, no pumpkins, I guess its because the bees are not plentiful now a days. So there’s no pollination taking place. Can I blame the DLP for this? As every thing that is wrong in DA ,People are putting sticks on the Skerrit led govt.

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