By focusing on farmers, policymakers and local communities, a new approach to protect pollinators can become scalable in low-income countries, argues Stefanie Christmann.
Stefanie Christmann has worked on environmental governance in various positions. She joined ICARDA in 2009, first in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and then from 2015 onwards, in Morocco. Dr. Christmann has developed several economically self-sustaining environmental governance approaches to protect biodiversity. Adopting ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ approach, her research has demonstrated the value of ecosystem services, using this value to motivate stronger protections.
Since 2012, Dr. Christmann has worked on the “Farming with Alternative Pollinators (FAP)” project which is helping farmers to gain higher net income per surface area through enhanced pollinator protection. FAP also includes cross-sector policy instruments affordable for low- and middle-income countries. As an alternative to other more costly strategies for pollinator protection, FAP has the potential to become a globally scalable model for pollinator protection.