The European Commission recently requested feedback for the EU Pollinator Initiative consultation. The response to the consultation was incredible: it is believed to be the fourth highest response of all time to an EU environmental consultation. A total of 66,579 public replies were received!
It is extremely important that so many Europeans realise the necessity of strong policy concerning pollinators. It is estimated that 84% of EU crops and 80% of wildflowers rely on insect pollination, and pollinators provide an excellent indicator of the health of our environment and underpin essential ecosystem services worth over €22 billion per year (EHF, 2018. EU Pollinator Initiative Position Paper).