European Bee Award

European Bee Award

European Bee Award 2020: And the winners are…

With an online award ceremony, hosted yesterday by MEP Franc Bogovič, the VII edition of the European Bee Award recognized the work and commitment put in place though innovative ideas and practices to protect bees and pollinators in European farmed landscapes. For years, the European Bee Award has been promoting bees and pollinators’ wellbeing, essential to preserve and restore biodiversity in farming environments in Europe. The prize was established by the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) and the European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association (CEMA) in 2014 as a way to acknowledge innovative, efficient and scalable projects that protect bees and pollinators in Europe. This year the traditional awarding ceremony took place online. The winners of the 2020 European bee Award are.

Winners of Land Management Practices

Let it Bee

by The National Federation of Group Water Schemes, Roscommon County Council and Roscommon Group Water Schemes

‘Let it Bee’ puts in place a comprehensive project to promote sustainable farming practices that lead to improved water quality at sources, increased biodiversity, and enhancement of climate awareness. The project includes a pilot programme providing farmers with honey bees, hives, suits, necessary equipment and training & mentoring, and encouraging them to act as ambassadors for biodiversity enhancement.

Winners of “Innovative and technological solutions”

StopVespa

by Università degli Studi di Torino

The Life StopVespa project developed an innovative harmonic radar technology for tracking flying hornets of the Asian yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina), an invasive species that threatens honeybees and wild pollinators of Europe.

Winners of the Special Mention of the Jury

Bybi

by The Copenhagen City Bee Association

The ‘Copenhagen City Bee Association (Bybi)’ was awarded the Jury Special mention prize for their impressive work of promotion of apiaries and honey making in a urban collaborative environment.

The ELO and CEMA would like to congratulate all winners and all contenders for this year’s European Bee Award, and thank them wholeheartedly for their work and their highly valued contribution to the biodiversity and pollinators.

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Winners of 2019 European Bee Award

Bees and other pollinating insects make a critical contribution to crop production and pollination of wild plants. Yet there is concern about declines in these important species across Europe and elsewhere. With sponsorship from CEMA, the European Landowners’ Organisation announces the “European Bee Award”, a prize for new interventions that promote the protection of pollinators in the farm environment.

Brussels, 10th of December 2019 

in a ceremony hosted by MEP Franc BOGOVIČ  at the European Parliament in Brussels, the 6th edition of the European Bee Award once again acknowledged the great commitment of private and public organizations, as well as the involvement of the research community, to enhance pollinators’ wellbeing and support bee-friendly farming practices in Europe.

With the aim of acknowledging innovative, efficient and scalable projects that protect pollinators in Europe, the European Bee Award, established by the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) and the European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association (CEMA), was  awarded to the following winners:

Category 1: Land Management Practices: ‘Pro Planet apples’ from the Lake Constance Foundation

Category 2: Application of innovative technological solutions: Bee Varoa Scanner from Turin

Patrick TRÖTSCHLER presented the project ‘Pro Planet apples’ from the Lake Constance Foundation. They set out to motivate as many farmers as possible to enhance the food and habitat situation for pollinating insects in and around lake Constance’s orchards whilst developing, testing and implementing measures to improve the volume of nectar and pollen plants. The project has seen positive results with the concept being transferred to other apple producing regions in Germany and Austria. 

Davide BASSIGNANA presented the Bee Varroa scanner. The Varroa parasite is the main cause for the decline in the health of the honeybee. Apisfero set out to create a technology which would counter the threat of these deadly mites. 

Michael GARRATT, the Chair of the Jury, gave a special mention to ‘Green-roofed bus shelters in Utrecht’ for their innovative and original way of providing shelter and feed for pollinators in urban areas where their natural habitats are scarce. 

Franc BOGOVIČ MEP and host of the ceremony stressed “The European Bee Award” is a necessary recognition to the very valuable projects which year-on-year show there is a shared commitment to protecting pollinators in European agriculture.  It fills me with joy to see the number of applications to the Bee Award competition rising from year to year. This year there were 36 applications all together, which shows that the European Bee Award is indeed gaining its importance and is also a generator of new ideas, which promote solutions that improve the state of the biodiversity in EU.”

Alain SCRIBAN, special adviser for ELO said “For land managers, pollinators are our friends in the field. Without thousands of bees, butterflies and other insects, our crops would not grow and flourish. Together with farmers, they are among the hardest workers in the countryside, and they all deserve our support.”
 
Gilles DRYANCOUR, Chairman of the CEMA Strategic Committee and member of the Bee Award Jury,  pointed out “initiatives such as the European Bee Award are showcasing  bees and pollinators as an essential part to enhance more sustainable farming practices in Europe. Indeed, there is a strong willingness from the European agricultural equipment industry to support innovative projects which could be scaled up for protecting bees’ and pollinators’ life.”

In 2019, the European Bee Award competition received 36 applications from 11 different European countries. The prize ceremony gathered over 100 participants: bee-keepers, policy makers, land managers, academia and representatives of the agri-food sector exchanged best practices, while getting inspired by new ideas on how to protect bees and enhance biodiversity in Europe.

 Special Mention : Green-roofed Bus Shelters in Utrecht

Category 2: Bee Varoa Scanner from Turin     

2018 EDITION

MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz hosted the ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels and in the presence of EU Director General for Environment Daniel Calleja Crespo, this year’s prize was awarded to a Spanish project focusing on holistic land management practices and an innovative sowing machine for field margins.

The 2018 Bee Award prizes were handed over on December 5 to this year’s winners: 

“Vivencia Dehesa” a project whose main objective is to actively manage a private protected natural area in a sustainable way in order to improve biodiversity, is the winner of the “land management practices” award. Nora von Liechtenstein presented the project.

 “Sem ‘Obord” an innovative sowing machine for field margins, presented by Amélie Mandel, received the “innovative & technological solutions” award.

A special jury mention was granted to “Beescanning”, represented by Mr. Bjorn Lagerman for inventing a tool which helps beekeepers save their bees from parasites by using artificial intelligence on their smartphone to analyse the health of bee colonies

In 2018, the European Bee Award competition received 17 applications from various European countries. The award ceremony gathered over 100 participants in the European parliament: bee-keepers, policy makers, landowners, academia and representatives of the agri-food sector exchanged best practices, while enjoying a festive networking evening celebrating bees and biodiversity.

2017 EDITION

Solitary bee’s protection and bee-friends spraying technology winner projects of the IV edition of the European Bee Award 

In a ceremony hosted by MEP Franc Bogovič at the European Parliament in Brussels and in presence of EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel, this year’s award celebrates in particular the great commitment of private and public organisations, as well as individual initiatives, to pollinators’ wellbeing and bee-friendly farming practices in Europe.

“A bee project for solitary bees” by the Belgian material solution company Sibelco, as part as its Biodiversity and European Species protection programme, is the winner of the “Land Management Practices Award”.

In acknowledgement of innovative & practical ideas to protect pollinators in European farming, the European Bee Award, established by the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) and the European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association (CEMA), was awarded to this year’s winners:

  • “Dropleg: Application of Plant Protection Products below the flowering level in rapeseed” presented by the specialised nozzles company Lechler GmbH receives the “innovative & technological solutions” prize.

Learn more about the 2017 winners here

Moreover, a “Friend of pollinators” award has been bestowed to Mr. Marek Nowakowski for his contribution to the protection of pollinators as a private individual, and a special mention was granted to “Terras de Mondalva” for an integrated beekeeping project for rural development in Portugal.

Franc Bogovič MEP, Member of the Jury, stressed “the European Bee Award adds the necessary recognition to very valuable projects which year-on-year show there is a shared commitment to protecting pollinators in European agriculture”. 

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society congratulated the initiative “Events such as the European Bee Award are very important for the promotion of the protection of bee health. It is crucial that we maintain bee-health and the interests of the beekeeping sector on the top of the political agenda, at all levels, as well as to promote initiatives and projects, which allow awareness-raising for policy-makers and citizens, and to be proactive in addressing the challenges of the beekeeping sector”.

Marleen Evenepoel, CEO of the Agency for Nature & Forests Government of Flanders, emphasized the actions undertaken in Belgium for the protection of pollinators, such as the ‘Week van de bij’ in Flanders, or the signature of the Declaration of the international Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators. Learn more about the actions clicking here.

Thierry de l’Escaille, Secretary General of ELO: “There has been fierce competition for the Prize, making it difficult to choose a winner. Yet the high number and quality of projects submitted is a great tribute to the dedicated efforts that are being made across Europe to halt bee decline and enhance biodiversity.”

On behalf of CEMA, Gilles Dryancour, Honorary President, welcomed the contribution of the farm equipment industry to develop cutting-edge spraying technology that improves in parallel farming activities and the protectionof pollinators’ populations, as showcased by the Dropleg project.

In 2017, the European Bee Award competition received 18 applications from 11 different European countries. The award ceremony brought together over 100 participants: bee-keepers, policy makers, landowners, academia and representatives of the agri-food sector, exchanging best practices and enjoying a festive networking evening celebrating bees and biodiversity.

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