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WildBeeNetwork | Promoting biodiversity despite conventional agriculture

Master's thesis at KH Berlin [2021]

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Unfortunately, when we talk about saving the bees, we often talk about honey bees. But the animals that really need help are wild bees (99.9% of all bee species). Shrinking habitat, missing food places and displacement by honey bees are human-made problems. Therefore, it is up to us humans to find a solution that allows us to live in harmony with the animals.

Because agriculture contributes strongly to the displacement process through pesticides, monocultures and far too large field units, changes have a lasting relevance here. Since wild bees make up a good part of pollination, agriculture is actually dependent on them. Unfortunately, wild bees do not have a strong lobby.

To establish biodiversity in free agriculture, it has to be profitable. This means that it must be financially more interesting to work biodiverse than conventional. Since a complete conversion to organic farms is not possible, it is important to find compromises with conventional agriculture in order to generate more biodiversity here as well. Since one cannot rely on a quick awakening of politics, action must be taken now. The Wild Bee Network project offers a solution parallel to politics and conventional agriculture.

A service that enables farmers to temporarily redesign their field structure with little effort on their part and thus contribute to biodiversity in a profitable way. The resulting networking of fields makes it possible to reintroduce animals whose routes were interrupted by monocultures. The greening of power poles also contributes to this networking concept.

Concretely designed objects, which are built into the agricultural structure, are the basis for this service.

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