A construction project is underway to provide a welcoming habitat for bees, with the purpose of enhancing biodiversity on the Erasmus University campus. By creating and maintaining the Bee Palace, we are dedicated to inciting awareness about the importance of biodiversity and bees in particular, and to encourage acceptance of the species and activism for its conservation.
Bees are highly important pollinators of flowers, enabling fertilization of the flowers and the subsequent formation of plants´ seeds, nuts and fruits. The importance of bees, paired with the fact that they are critically endangered, has made them a focal point of the Hub´s activities.
Bees are disappearing globally at an alarming rate. Some of the causes are pesticides, parasites, diseases and habitat loss - and this is our problem because around 84% of crops grown for humans are pollinated by bees. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to eat broccoli, cucumbers, apples and the full variety of goods that we consume. Bees are important for humans as well as the entire functioning of the ecosystem. Without these little pollinators, plants could not reproduce and in effect, there would be no food for animals to consume. Absence or shortage of bees could therefore cause the entire foodchain to suffer! See the video below for an overview.
As expressed by the project leader, Rowan:
"Why do I care? Because I have a passion for animals and sustainability. I also like to be able to choose from a wide range of different fruits and vegetables. I am against all these harsh chemicals that protect crops from pests - but also harm bees, which make the growth of the crops possible in the first place. For these reasons I’m so happy that the responsibility of the Bee Palace is entrusted to me. I am very excited to raise awareness and change minds through the initiative. If you would like to learn more about bees, please visit www.erasmusbeeweek.com, and connect with me if you have further questions!"
The Sustainable Development Goals we are contributing to with this project:
Erasmus Sustainability Hub
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
Sustainability Panel Discussion
October 24th, 2017
Climate Change Negotiation Simulation
November 1st, 2017