Everyone knows them, some fear them and yet our lives depend on them. This worker flies thousands of kilometers to take care of herself and also of nature and people. Without them, biodiversity and our variety of food are at risk - that's right, this text refers to the bee.
As a child, you may have stepped into a bee or been stung in any different way and are rather skeptical of these little creatures. But one thing is clear: the honey and forest bee is essential for our natural biodiversity! It moves softly mobile and CO2 emission- free, does not produce plastic waste, but brings pure benefits. She flies enormous distances to collect pollen for the preservation of her royal family and pollinates so many plants that could not exist without the bee.
Protecting biodiversity - for some time now, bees have been in everyone's mouth. Reason enough to take a closer look at them and our environment. Honeybees and wild bees are responsible for the pollination of about 90% of all plants and thus responsible for their growth and maintenance. Without the bees, there is no basis for the life of many plants. The use of pesticides, early and frequent mowing of fields, as well as the conversion of meadows into fields and in concrete landscapes endanger the diversity of bees all the more. Through this endangerment of the honey and wild bees, a chain reaction is set in motion: bees die because the flowers are taken away, thus the plants die out because they are no longer pollinated, biodiversity changes, many plants, trees, etc. can no longer grow, we will no longer be able to grow vegetables as we used to and thus we will find the result on our plates - NO variety.
But there are some approaches, for example from our Alpine Pearls, which are endeavored to preserve the biodiversity in our Alps. For example Florian Girtler from the Wanderhotel Jaufentalerhof from our pearl Ratschings. For some years he has been a passionate hobby beekeeper, which his hotel guests enjoy as well. He has six beehives close to the hotel and he also believes that bees are important for the environment and biodiversity. Also in Berchtesgadener Land, home to our pearls Bad Reichenhall and Berchtesgaden, lives Thomas and as well pursues his passion of beekeeping.
The importance of bees for the biodiversity and food security of our planet is also demonstrated through the World Bee Day, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2017. Since then, the World Bee Day takes place on May 20th every year and is intended to sensitize people to the topic of bee mortality and bees as pollinators. Slovenia has applied for the World Bee Day, where it has the highest number of active beekeepers worldwide, every 200th Slovene is a beekeeper. In Slovenia, among other things, the use of neonicotinoids as a plant protection product has been prohibited since 2011, unlike in other EU countries. Furthermore, the 20th of May was not chosen without reason, it's the birthday of the Slovenian beekeeping pioneer Anton Janša, one of the first teachers of modern beekeeping. Now Slovenia also wants to set up an international beekeeping school, where beekeepers from all over the world can learn the necessary basic knowledge about bees, how to deal with them and how to preserve them. It remains exciting how biodiversity will evolve in the years to come, support our Alpine Pearls in preserving biodiversity by using the mobility guarantee of the holiday resorts.