Barbara Gemmill-Herren (Ed.): Pollination services to agriculture: sustaining and enhancing a key ecosystem service
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‘Where have all our insects gone?’ announced a headline in the UK Guardiannewspaper recently. Similar headlines would be appropriate in almost any newspaper in the world at present, for the catastrophic collapse of major populations of insect pollinators of crop plants - the alarming decline of a key ecosystem service - is a worldwide issue of the gravest magnitude. Since pollinators are essential components of all terrestrial ecosystems, the situation is a perfect example of how the conservation of natural biodiversity, worldwide and international food-security, are indissolubly linked. Fortunately, as the Editor emphasizes, this has been recognized internationally and appropriate policies and actions have been incorporated into ‘The Convention on Biological Diversity’ (CBD). These key changes, she notes, did not occur when the global community first gathered in Rio de Janeiro at the Earth Summit of 1992, but after mature reflection, some 3 years later. At that time it was agreed...
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