While pollinators are disappearing rapidly around the world, Amsterdam solution to bee deaths ignited a glimmer of hope. He showed us that the protection of bees with the simple method applied in Amsterdam is not difficult at all. The area around a newly built train station has been very effective in the bush, weeds and flowers.
While all scientists around the world are warning that honeybees and wasps are rapidly disappearing and that urgent action should be taken, the popularity of bees in Amsterdam has increased by 2000% since 45. In this city, where 2 million people live, the weeds and bushes in the daily living areas of the citizens are protected. In addition, insect hotels are being placed all over the city.
Protecting Bees Means Protecting Other Animals!
Environmentalist Geert Timmermans, responsible for Amsterdam's ecology project, emphasizes how important it is to protect insects and bees, which are at the beginning of the food chain; "If insects and bees are protected, birds and mammals will be protected."
The city's municipal administration, the ecosystem It has allocated a budget of 38,5 million dollars for its protection. The project started at the train station inspired the authorities and 4 years ago they decided to plant bushes, weeds and flowers in some of the public green spaces. The new parks are based on the use of both local plants and plants that will create a habitat for bees and insects. Both the people in the city and the companies raise public awareness about the use of natural methods that are alternative to pesticides.
The Use of Pesticides That Cause Bee Deaths Is Banned
The report published by the European Food Safety Agency states that neonicotinic chemicals pose a serious threat to honeybees and wild bees. In the decision taken, the use of three toxic chemicals in open spaces in the member states of the European Union was completely prohibited. Neonicotinic chemicals were not banned in closed agricultural areas such as greenhouses. Because, no more damage was detected in the use in closed areas than in the open area. These chemicals, which are very important in terms of biodiversity and food production, poison bees and cause their mass death, and also accumulate in water and soil, harming natural life and causing the deaths of birds that feed on pollinating insects.
By constructing green roofs, contractors are supported both in reducing building heating and absorption costs and in creating areas to protect wildlife. People in the city are demanding that 40 cm of the sidewalks in front of their houses be removed and planting local, wild plants in these areas.