PRESS RELEASE

Bees at the service of the Brussels environment:
an innovative and collaborative project!

From now on, bees will be keeping an eye on the environment of the Brussels-Capital Region!

beeodiversity les abeillesThis project, led by Beeodiversity, in collaboration with Brussels companies who have been flying the flag for the environment for quite some time now such as Elia, Caméléon, Tractebel, Sodexo, Cofinimmo, Droh!me…, will allow us to perform a situational analysis of the biodiversity and pollution on the basis of the Bee indicator* with a view to enhancing the environment of pollinators and man.

Why bees? In reality, conventional environmental monitoring tools can only cover a limited surface area but honeybees collect a multitude of samples over a vast expanse.

To feed themselves, a colony of bees will gather pollen from more than 4 billion flowers a year and will, on average, cover a radius of 1.5 km (700 ha) to forage. Along with pollen, these master pollinators also bring the nectar and water they collected from the flowers to the hive.

Music to the ears of Beeodiversity who analyses these precious samples via scientific processes to obtain data on the use of pesticides (more than 500 active substances are checked for), the presence of heavy metals, plant diversity (on the basis of the Bee indicator*) and the nutritional quality of the local flora for pollinators. These data are then processed for situational analysis purposes so that targeted action can be taken in aid of the environment and human health.

Beeomonitoring beeodiversityThis environmental monitoring tool (known by the name of Beeomonitoring) Beeodiversity developed allows us for instance to:

  • Map the areas that are most at risk in terms of pollution or biodiversity so that remedial action can be focused on those areas;
  • Develop green areas, in collaboration with local stakeholders, to address the deficiencies discovered so that, all year long, all pollinators will have access to the right diversity of plants which is so essential to their survival;
  • Make a maximum number of stakeholders (authorities, citizens, businesses...) aware of the need to take targeted action together;
  • Identify the origins of pesticides and heavy metals.

The plan is to create some fifteen monitoring sites across the Brussels region, which would result in an 80 % coverage. Analyses are currently being conducted on ten sites.

This has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of businesses mindful of the environment and the well-being in Brussels. Several partners have come on board already and the hope is that many more will join. But the cooperative aspect of the project is not confined to the corporate world only as the data obtained via Beeomonitoring will serve as a guide for anyone keen to contribute to the well-being of the Brussels environment. A collaboration with local beekeepers is also on the cards.

The results of the analysis will be published beginning of 2017. If you want to join the project, please contact us at the following address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Method to assess the quality of the environment based on in excess of twenty scientific measurements performed on matrices collected by bees (pollen and nectar).

Press Contact:

Michaël van Cutsem
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Beeodiversity is…

Beeodiversity: plusieurs projets par anSeveral new projects ever year to help pollinators and boost diversity


Beeodiversity: Plusieurs milliers de graines mèllifères et pollinifères par anSeveral thousands of nectar and pollen-rich seeds every year


Beeodiversity: 250 colonies d'abeilles250 colonies of bees
Less than 5% colony losses per year


Beeodiversity: Plus de 175.000ha pollinisés par anMore than 70,000 ha pollinated every year


Beeodiversity: Plus d'un million d'abeilles offertes par anMore than one million bees offered every year


Beeodiversity: Beeodiversity: coloniesPlus de 1.500ha de terres agricoles cultivées dans le respect des abeilles par nos partenaires agriculteursMore than 1,500 ha of farmland farmed with due regard for bees


Beeodiversity: Plus d'une centaine d'apiculteurs partenairesMore than one hundred beekeeper partners


Beeodiversity: Deux conférences nationales et internationales par an organisées avec nos partenaires institutionnelsNational and international conferences organised with our institutional partners every year


Beeodiversity: Plusieurs milliers de personnes sensibilisées par an au travers de la presse et des réseaux sociauxSeveral thousands of people made aware every year

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