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SAFEGUARD- Safeguarding European wild pollinators

Organisation: CEEweb Website: Added: April 05, 2023
Project start date: September 01, 2021
Project end date: August 31, 2025


The Safeguard project aims to reverse the decline of wild pollinators in Europe and the CEE region. The project brings together world-class researchers, NGOs, industry and policy experts to develop and test new approaches that benefit pollinators across various systems. The project's integrated assessment framework uses state-of-the-art models to identify emerging threats and prevent pollinator decline. The consortium works with stakeholders to inform policies and decision-making at local, national, European and global levels. The Safeguard project aims to improve understanding of the diverse values of European pollinators and develop effective interventions to benefit pollinators from field to landscape scales across agricultural, natural, and urban systems. By raising awareness of wild pollinators and their societal values, the project aims to mobilize concerted actions towards reversing pollinator declines across Europe and the CEE region. The impact of the project is expected to extend beyond Europe and the CEE region, informing global policies and decision-making for the conservation of pollinators and the benefits they provide. Through the Safeguard project, the consortium hopes to contribute significantly to the long-term survival of wild pollinators and the essential ecosystem services they provide.

Financial data

Total Cost - € 7 850 403.75 EU Contribution - € 5 350 403.75 Percentage of EU Contribution - 68.18%


•    Policymakers should prioritize the development and implementation of comprehensive and integrative approaches, such as the methodology used in the Safeguard project, to address the decline of wild pollinators in their respective regions.
•    Governments and stakeholders should allocate sufficient resources to support research on ecological, economic, social, and policy dimensions of pollinator diversity and multiple ecosystem services, as well as monitoring and assessment of the status and trends of pollinators.
•    Policies and interventions should be developed and implemented to reduce emerging threats to pollinators, such as habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change, through the adoption of sustainable land use practices, the promotion of pollinator-friendly agriculture, and the reduction of pesticide use.
•    Policymakers and stakeholders should prioritize communication, knowledge exchange, and impact development to raise awareness of wild pollinators and their societal values and mobilize concerted actions towards reversing pollinator declines.
•    International collaboration and cooperation should be encouraged to address pollinator decline on a global scale, and methodologies such as the Safeguard project's approach should be replicated and adapted to address the unique challenges faced by different regions and ecosystems.

Information sources


European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.