Biodiversity Conservation the Future of Our Food

As we commemorate World Bee Day its pertinent to note that the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic government lockdown has given us the much-needed respite to Wildlife especially in Urban and peri-urban areas. At this time of the year, the wild bee is visiting the bright colored flowers. Bees are critical in the production of what we eat.

Pollination is one of the most important mechanisms in the maintenance and promotion of biodiversity and life on Earth. Bees are the world’s most phenomenal pollinators, virtually fertilizing almost all flowering plants that give us the food we
eat. Beekeeping provides enormous potential for income generation and sustainable use of forest resources.

It is an important source of food, employment, rural poverty alleviation, a form of environmental conservation and supports the diversification of Uganda’s export base. There is, however, an imminent threat to honey bee stocks in Uganda. Increase human activities such as trade, intensified, and extensive commercial agriculture and the effects of global climate change are all posing a threat to honey bee stocks in Uganda.

As a country, we urgently need to start protecting bees not just for honey and related the products but for their pollination
prowess as well. Safeguarding our pollinators can help protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems. Nature-based solutions with biodiversity safeguards are key for mitigation, resilience, and adaptation in several critical areas, including the conservation and restoration of wildlife. Indeed “Our Solutions are in Nature”.

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