Press release from Ministry of the Environment

SEK 70 million to benefit pollinating insects

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Pollination is a very important ecosystem service that contributes to the production of food. In the Budget Bill for 2020, the Government is proposing a total of SEK 70 million per year in 2020–2022 for measures to benefit pollinating insects. The Budget Bill builds on an agreement between the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.

Pollination is a very important ecosystem service – a service carried out by honey bees and other organisms in the natural environment, and one that humans totally depend on. In the Budget Bill for 2020, the Government is therefore proposing a package of measures over three years for pollinating insects.

“Around a third of the food we eat in the world depends on pollinating insects. Many of these species are today classed as threatened in Sweden. In light of this, it is the responsibility of the Government to take forceful measures. This is why we are now going ahead with a package of measures for pollinating insects in the Budget Bill for 2020,” says Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin.

To secure the pollination of plants, society needs more information on the status and significance of pollinating insects. Many actors in society can contribute to securing the survival of pollinating insects.

The package of measures includes enhancing the work on pollinating insects in environmental monitoring with SEK 20 million. It also includes increasing the appropriation Measures for valuable natural environments by SEK 50 million for the work carried out by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, in cooperation with other agencies and organisations, to benefit pollinating insects.

Contact

Jakob Lundgren
Press Secretary to Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin
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