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Bees conserve biodiversity - a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals: UN on World Bee Day
Proclaimed by the United Nations, World Bee Day is being observed by the nature lovers, biologists and honey industry on the 20th of May today. The date also coincides with the birthday of Anton Jansa, who in the 18th century pioneer in modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia and praised the bees for their ability to work so hard, while needing so little attention, informs the UN website.

According to the UN, the observance is meant to raise awareness of the importance of bees as pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development. "Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities," warns the website an d urges the enthusiasts to visit   #WorldBeeDay and #SavetheBees

"Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity - a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals. They also serve as sentinels for emergent environmental risks, signaling the health of local ecosystems.

Cautioning the world community about certain farming practices, the United Nations adds, "Invasive insects, pesticides, land-use change and monocropping practices may reduce available nutrients and pose threats to bee colonies."

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