At the initiative of the Republic of Slovenia, we have been celebrating World Bee Day since 2018. On 20 December 2017, the UN General Assembly, on the initiative of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, with the help of the Republic of Slovenia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and broad international support, declared 20 May World Bee Day.
The main purpose of World Bee Day is to raise awareness among the world public about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity, in the light of ensuring global food security and eradicating hunger, and caring for the environment and biodiversity. On the occasion of this year’s World Bee Day, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) appeals to each of us with the slogan “Bee Engaged”. This year’s celebration of World Bee Day in Slovenia, in a way appropriate to the state of the COVID-19 epidemic, will be organized by the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food.
How can you “Bee Engaged”?
- Plant or sow honey plants on balconies, terraces and gardens for decorative purposes.
- Set up a nesting box for bees on your balcony, terrace or garden – you can do it yourself or buy it.
- Maintain flowering meadows by using a greater variety of plants and by sowing honey plants in the meadows. Admire flowering meadows and leave the flowers to the bee pasture.
- Avoid mowing grass during the peak flourishing of plants and mow grass in the evening hours.
- Allow beekeepers to temporarily or permanently settle bees on your agricultural surfaces. The bees will thus have proper plants to feed on, which will be properly pollinated and will bear more fruit.
- As regards spraying, use pesticides that are harmless to bees and spray plants in windless weather conditions early in the morning or late in the evening, when bees are back to their hives.
- Mulch flowering plants in orchards and vineyards before spraying with pesticides, in order to prevent them from attracting bees.
- Raise children’s and teenagers’ awareness about the importance of bees.
- Buy honey and other bee products from a local beekeeper.
- Support beekeepers and attend events in support of bees.
Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, this year’s third international celebration will take place virtually. With the title “Bee Engaged”, the FAO, as the organizer of the event, wants to draw attention to the importance of engagement and actions of countries, organizations, research and educational institutions, civil society, the private sector, farmers and beekeepers, as well as each individual. bees and other pollinators. The participants of the event will be addressed by, among others, FAO’s Director-General, Qu Dongyu and the Slovenian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Dr Aleksandra Pivec.
You can read more about World Bee Day at the following links:
- The World Bee Day website
- Toolkit dedicated to the World Bee Day
- Slovenian Government about this year’s World Bee day
- Slovenian Tourist Board about the World Bee Day
- Wikipedia about the World Bee Day
- United Nations about the World Bee Day
- FAO about the World Bee Day
Interestingly, in 2018, Slovenia commemorated the first World Bee Day, issuing a special collector’s mark and a numismatic coin worth 2 euros, and this year’s Google Doodle for World Earth Day was dedicated to bees and other pollinators: https://www.google.com/doodles/earth-day-2020