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FAO's Survey on Honey Bees and Animal Pollinators

Kennedy Halvorson's picture

Animal pollination is an indispensable ecosystem service; globally, 90% of wild flowering plants and 75% of the leading food crops are dependent to varying extents on pollinator-mediated fertilization (IPBES, 2016). It is a service approximately 20,000 different species of animals do freely and coincidently, and it is not a provision that is easily replaced. 

At its recently completed 16th session, The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture requested FAO to consider including domesticated honey bee and potentially other pollinator species into DAD-IS, the Domestic Animal Diversity Information System. This survey is the first step in that process. 

We intend to amass data on the status of global honey bee and animal pollinator populations to better understand regional concerns and management. If you have knowledge, interest or experience with honey bees or other pollinators we kindly request you help us with this endeavor. The survey can be found in the link below:


Thank you in advance for your time and help to better understand and monitor the worlds pollinators!


Kennedy Halvorson's picture

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their responses, we appreciate the time and effort you have put into compiling them. To clarify, this survey is open to all who want to contribute, we are interested in hearing from everybody; hobbyists, beekeepers, researchers, experts, and pollinator enthusiasts alike! If you can include any publications relevant to your response it is greatly appreciated but it is not necessary, and if you can not answer every question that is not a problem either.

Also if you are interested I have included the link to the IPBES report below, at this time it is only available in english. 


Finally, this survey will close Friday, March 17th, so if you are interested in responding please keep this in mind. 

Kennedy Halvorson's picture

Hi all, 

We have recently recieved help in translating the survey, and are pleased to provide you with a Spanish version. If you have not already completed FAO's survey on honey bees and animal pollinators and would prefer to do so in Spanish, the link to this version can be found below:


Thank you all again for your support and interest in this endeavor!

Kennedy Halvorson's picture

Hi everyone!

This is just a reminder, if you would like to fill out FAO's Survey on Honey Bees and Pollinators or know someone else who does, the survey will be closed for submissions after March 17th. Thank you again for your interest and enthusiasm, the response we have received so far is amazing!

Kennedy Halvorson's picture

I just want to thank everyone for their participation in this survey and enthusiasm in the conservation of honey bees and animal pollinators. We hope to create a publication from the results of the survey and provide you with relevant and meaningful data in the future. FAO's future projects concerning honey bees and animal pollinators will be involved with raising awareness about pollinators importance in global crop production, pollination services, and to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. FAO is going to further investigate the criteria for monitoring domestic honey bee populations and pursue their integration into the Domestic Animal Diversity - Information System (DAD-IS). I will keep you posted on the progress of these plans.

For those interested in the topic of pollination services, here are the links to some publications issued by FAO in the framework of the “Global action on pollination services for sustainable agriculture”:

More resources can be found on the Global action on pollination services website (http://www.fao.org/pollination/en/). 

See also the TECA discussion: Pollination services for sustainable agriculture http://teca.fao.org/discussion/pollination-services-sustainable-agriculture or search the TECA platform with the keyword “pollination”.

Best wishes,