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Title Creating a garden for pollination education

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Short title Pollinator garden

Author(s) Bergsdorf, T.; Hagen, M.; Kraemer, M.; Schwichtenberg, O.

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Institution(s) Biological Collection, University of Bielefeld

Keywords Pollination, environmental education

Abstract ne-third of the world's crops demand pollination to set seeds and fruits and the great majority of them are pollinated by many of the estimated 25,000 species of bees. But declines in numbers of bee species have been reported in several parts of the world (North and Central America, Europe). The losses are mostly due to human activities, e.g. land use changes (deforestation, monocultures) and the use of agrochemicals. The so called 'pollinator crisis' exemplifies the intimate relationship existing between the welfare of natural environments and their biodiversity and the needs of sustainable agriculture. As information and information spreading on pollination and pollinator biology in Africa is alarmingly low, awareness in the local communities needs to be raised. The Kakamega Forest Pollinator Garden was established in early 2007. Consisting of six main topics (Life cycle of plants, Pollinator diversity, Crop pollination, Pollinator city, Social bees, Pollinator conservation), the garden gives ample overview about pollination and its role in agriculture and natural ecosystems. The garden targets especially pupils from local schools, giving them an early environmental education and understanding.

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