Project that uses practical approach in order to promote the importance of bees for the food production system and environment protection, titled Bee Connected, was presented in Belgrade as a part of Swedish institutes initiative Food of Tomorrow.
The scope of bees influence on our lives, as well as ways in which every citizen can help the bees in order to preserve biodiversity were the topics at the Swedish ambassadors residency.
“Beekeeping is extremely important for ecology and human kind, not just for the production of honey. We know that the diminishing bee population is a risk, and we want to deal with that issue and also the ways of increasing the number of bees in the world and especially in Serbia”, His Excellence Jan Lundin, the ambassador of Sweden, told Agromedia.
The project was presented to socially responsible companies, organizations and individuals. Through its activities, Bee Connected deals with concrete methods for raising awareness about the importance of bees for food production system, biodiversity and environment protection.
“We will organize a service for beekeepers, a small beekeeping school. We want to teach the people who are unemployed how to work as beekeepers, we will make small apiaries in Belgrade and in its vicinity. We promoting beekeeping as a profession and as a hobby, but our goal is also to raise awareness in people who won’t be working as beekeepers about the ways they can help bees. We plan to publish a handbook about plants that will be helpful to everyone who wants to learn how to contribute to biodiversity preservation.”, said Sabina Kerić from Ekonaut civil association.
“You can’t have have healthy food unless you have clean environment, which means clean water, clean soil, clean air, but how we achieve this depends not just on us, but also on local community we live in, and even the state that has to adopt certain principles that guide us. The Food of Tomorrow project is very important because it speaks to an ordinary man, talks about what is important, that we can change our own, and others awareness, the worlds awareness, with what we eat. Our food is a global issue and with this project we are dealing with it in a local context”, explains Slavica Marković Sandić from Swedish embassy in Belgrade.
By protecting bees, we protect biodiversity, environment, and our health which depends on our access to diverse diet. The goal of the Bee Connected project, as a part of Swedish initiative Food of Tomorrow, is to include and inform the public about the issues that bees and other pollinator insects face, globally and locally.
His Excellence Jan Lundin, Swedish ambassador
Sabina Kerić, Ekonaut association
Slavica Marković Sandić, communications and public politics coordinator, Embassy of Sweden