05/12/2022

Safeguard EU policy workshop on urban greening plans and pollinator conservation: call for city officers

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Safeguard is organising its first EU policy workshop "Urban greening for pollinators: from policy to practice" in collaboration with EuroCities and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. The event will be held online on 8 December 9:30-14:30 (Brussels time, UTC+1). The EU Biodiversity Strateg (...)

30/11/2022

Temperature as the main driver shaping wild bee communities

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More than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase. Even if urbanisation is widely regarded as a major threat to global biodiversity, recent research highlighted the potential ecological importance of cities for pollinators. Key determinants of c (...)

14/11/2022

EU Pollinators Initiative: expert consultation workshops report available now

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In mid-2018, the European Commission adopted the first-ever EU Pollinators Initiative, to enable Member States to address the decline of pollinators in the EU and contribute to global conservation efforts. As part of a broader consultation that collects stakeholder views and proposals in the context (...)

08/11/2022

Chinese collaboration project with Safeguard is officially funded

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Recently, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China (MOST) has announced a key project of "Intergovernmental Cooperation on International Science and Technology Innovation", and our Chinese partners in Safeguard Project have been awarded to participate in this project. (...)

12/10/2022

IUCN Red List: Over one third of hoverflies threatened with extinction in Europe

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Hoverflies are a large, beautiful, and exceptionally diverse family of insects. As the second most important pollinator group behind bees, they are also essential to our lives, providing an ecosystem service that forms the very foundation of our food system and indeed our lives.According to the firs (...)

04/10/2022

Florence Damiens joins Safeguard as a new postdoctoral researcher at SLU

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Safeguard is happy to welcome Florence Damiens to the project team! Florence is a social science postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Ecology, SLU University. Florence holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Public Policy from The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and École (...)

12/09/2022

#SafeguardFaces: new campaign presenting the faces behind the project

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At Safeguard, we believe that diversity can drive creativity and innovation. Our team consists of scientists and other professionals, who closely integrate research on ecological, economic, social and policy dimensions of pollinator diversity and multiple ecosystem services. Each member adds value t (...)

12/09/2022

Welcome to new post-doc Zafarani Uwingabire!

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Zafarani Uwingabire is joining Safeguard as a post-doctoral researcher at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (INRAe), Agroecology Joint Research Unit in Dijon, France. She is interested in the analysis and development of sustainable agricultural and foo (...)

29/08/2022

Join the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) webinar!

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Promote Pollinators is hosting an online event in technical cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on September 9th at 15:00 CEST. The webinar will focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the practical way of reducing the use of pesticides, one of the m (...)

25/07/2022

European Bee Award 2022 edition

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Since 2014, the Bee Award is committed to find common solutions for the benefit of biodiversity by rewarding projects protecting pollinators.The European Bee Award is open to everyone.We reward farmers, landowners, research institutes, academia, and private and public organisations who develop outst (...)

25/07/2022

Bees and pesticides: EFSA launched a public consultation on their draft guidance document

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The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Pesticide Peer Review Unit has launched an open consultation on the draft guidance for bees and pesticides. The new document covers the risk assessment of plant protection products and bees, covering honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees.In 2013, EFSA (...)

11/07/2022

Hungary joins the Promote Pollinators Coalition

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The pollinators of Europe are facing many challenges. Their preservation is of utmost importance since pollination is essential for the continuing function of natural ecosystems and plays a crucial role in agricultural output. Given the growing attention on the values and conservation of pollinators (...)

24/06/2022

A strong proposal for a Nature Restoration Law for EU`s damaged ecosystems

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On 22nd June 2022, the Commission adopted pioneering proposals to restore damaged ecosystems and bring nature back across Europe, from agricultural land and seas, to forests and urban environments. Under this proposal for a Nature Restoration Law, legally binding targets for nature restoration (...)

14/06/2022

Safeguard’s response to the EU Pollinators Initiative revision consultation

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The European Commission held a public consultation to collect views on the implementation of the EU Pollinators Initiative and gather suggestions on how to strengthen the current framework on wild pollinators to meet its long-term objective to reverse the decline of pollinators by 2030.  The Safegua (...)

03/06/2022

(2/2) Wildflower Budapest 2021 programme: results and experiences of the first year

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Positive experiences:The locally typical plant species were found everywhere (in addition to the species of grass seed mixtures that had been previously sown and species with wide tolerance range that are almost ubiquitous). Protected species have appeared in several places.The best performing areas (...)

03/06/2022

(1/2) Wildflower Budapest 2021 programme: results and experiences of the first year

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An article presenting the "Wildflower Budapest 2021" project and its first-year results was recently published on the website of the Municipality of Budapest. The research group of Safeguard partner Dr. András Báldi of the Centre for Ecological Research (OK) collaborated in the programme.See the art (...)

23/05/2022

Join Safeguard: Open Postdoc Position at the Department of Ecology at SLU

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What factors keep pollinator-unfriendly practices in place? A social scientific investigation.The Department of Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences offers a PhD-candidate position in close collaboration with the Department of Urban and Rural Development in Uppsala, Sweden. The (...)

23/05/2022

OPEN POSITION: PhD vacancy in Asian Honey Bee Ecology at University of Würzburg

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The Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, University of Würzburg, invites applications for a postdoc position to support the examination of the foraging ecology and mechanisms of coexistence of Asian honey bee species (A. cerana, A. dorsata, A. florea). The successful candidate will wor (...)

16/05/2022

Bee highways: how they work and why we need them

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A new article published in The Conversation journal outlines the importance of bee highways in putting a stop to the alarming decline in the insect’s population.Pollinating insects have a crucial role in helping provide the food we eat, the flowers we see and the vast biodiversity on the planet. Bee (...)

12/05/2022

New research shows the interactive effects of climate and land use on pollinator diversity

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A new research article published in the Science Advances Journal calls for more research attention to the largely unknown interactive effects of changes in climate and land use on pollinating insects. The article, officially published on 6. May 2022, is a collaborative effort of several academic ins (...)

10/05/2022

Supporting Ukrainian candidates in future available Safeguard vacancies

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Formed by a pan-European consortium (including China), Safeguard promotes transparency and collaboration between its partners and beyond to guarantee the open, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative science across Europe.In relation to this, we would like to express our tremendous solidarity with the (...)

09/05/2022

New research: analysing the effects of arable cultivated land on wild pollinating species in Hungary

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A new research article by Dr. Anikó Kovacs-Hostyanszki (Centre for Ecological Research, Hungary) outlines the importance of pollinating insects for the overall health of ecosystems in light of the decreasing number of flower plants. Pollinating insects suffer disproportionately from large-scale farm (...)

05/05/2022

Opportunity for Early Career Professionals: Student Conference on Conservation Science SCCS Hungary, 2022

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Event summary: SCCS Europe – Connecting Eastern and Western Europe in conservation biology Balatonvilágos (Lake Balaton), Hungary, 14 - 17 September 2022What to expect: We are delighted to invite you to the seventh SCCS Europe in 2022, organised by the Centre for Ecological Research this autumn. SCC (...)

27/04/2022

OPEN POSITION: Social science postdoc for co-development of biodiversity enhancing strategies within organic farming at Aarhus University

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The Department of Ecoscience, Aarhus University, invites applications for a postdoc position to support development of social science, and modelling of bees and other animal species within the Social-Ecological Systems Simulation centre (SESS)   Job description We are seeking applican (...)

26/04/2022

Safeguard’s First Annual General Meeting

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Between 5 – 8 April 2022, consortium members and other stakeholders of the Safeguard project met in Seville, Spain, for the project’s first Annual General Meeting (AGM). The three-day-long event was hosted by the University of Seville and entailed informative presentations, in-depth discussions, as (...)

17/04/2022

Safeguard wishes you a happy and memorable Easter!

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Safeguard wishes you a happy and memorable Easter! (...)

30/03/2022

Join Safeguard now: Open PhD opportunity for Nitrogen deposition at University of Bordeaux/INRAE

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University of Bordeaux offers a Nitrogen Deposition PhD position in the BIOGECO - BIOdiversity, Genes & Communities Unit in Bordeaux, France. The successful candidate will work as part of Safeguard, which brings together world-leading researchers, NGOs, industry and policy experts to help Europe (...)

28/03/2022

Two open PhD positions in Ecology at SLU

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Open PhD position in ecology at SLU: join Safeguard now!The Department of Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences offers a PhD-candidate position in agricultural ecology placed in Uppsala, Sweden.The successful candidate will work as part of Safeguard and will investigate how ecol (...)

15/03/2022

Committee of the Regions adopts opinion on the EU Pollinators Initiative

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At its Plenary Session on 26 January 2022, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) adopted the Opinion "Local and regional authorities accelerating the implementation of the EU Pollinators Initiative". Here, we highlight some of the key calls and commitments outlined in the opinion. The rapporte (...)

09/03/2022

Safeguard featured in ELO's Activity Report and Newsletter

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The European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) is one of Safeguard’s project partners. ELO is committed to promoting a sustainable and prosperous countryside and to increasing awareness relating to environmental and agricultural issues. Engaging various stakeholders, ELO develops policy recommendations (...)

08/03/2022

Open interdisciplinary postdoctoral position at INRAE: join Safeguard now!

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INRAE offers a postdoctoral position in the INRAE Agroecology multidisciplinary research unit in Dijon, France. The successful candidate will work as part of Safeguard, which brings together world-leading researchers, NGOs, industry and policy experts to help Europe reverse the losses of wild pollin (...)

09/02/2022

(2/2) Safeguard community advances with a series of online workshops

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Data synthesis: the workshop delivered informative discussions and insightful feedback about the collection of environmental data. Many ideas about data synthesis were presented and discussed (analysing aspects of diversity; analyses across different habitats etc.). As a next step, the leaders of th (...)

09/02/2022

(1/2) Safeguard community advances with a series of online workshops

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It will be an exaggeration to say that most people barely remember what working on international projects was like before the COVID-19 pandemic. But it is true that we got used to “the new normal” – seemingly endless virtual meetings, repurposing our homes into offices, all our colleagues su (...)

19/01/2022

Safeguard team members meet for a field workshop in Würzburg, Germany

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Despite the ongoing global pandemic and the many limitations that the world is facing as a result, Safeguard members managed to successfully gather for the first physical meeting of the project, between 29 and 30 November, 2021. Project partners met in Würzburg, Germany where the group took on an ed (...)

07/01/2022

Safeguard is awarded "Project of the Month" by the European Commission

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Each month the European Commission honours a Horizon 2020 project as “Project of the Month”. Safeguard is very glad to announce that the project has achieved this excellence in the month of October 2021 with an article on EC’s primary source of results CORDIS. Safeguard has been recognised to be a c (...)

04/01/2022

Lund University is recruiting

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The Faculty of Science at the Lund University is looking to recruit up to four Associate Senior Lecturers. The successful candidates will be given the opportunity to develop their independence as researchers and teachers.The call is open to all research fields at the Faculty of Science. The employme (...)

17/12/2021

Happy holidays from Safeguard!

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Safeguard wishes you a very happy holiday season and a joyful and prosperous New Year! (...)

03/12/2021

The consequences of climate change and land use on biodiversity and ecosystem services are disentangled, according to a new research

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A recently published article in the open-access journal “Methods in Ecology and Evolution” gives more insight into the currently lacking long-term data on biodiversity trends.In the Anthropocene, climate and land-use change are major causes of environmental deterioration, but little is understood ab (...)

05/10/2021

Linking flowers to pollinators: Relation between floral resources and pollinators’ activity

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A research article recently published in the British Ecological Society’s Functional Ecology journal, examines how the quantity of floral resources affects pollinator activity and how this relates to the structure and robustness of pollination networks. The paper titled “Patterns of pollination inte (...)

16/09/2021

Partners from 25 institutions across Europe and China join forces to reverse wild pollinator decline

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Between 7 - 9 September 2021, leading experts in the field of wild pollinators and biodiversity from 25 institutions across 14 European countries and China gathered for the official kick-off of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation project Safeguard. Due to present COVID-19 restrictions, the even (...)