First consultation for the planned international stewardship for pollinator protecting agriculture
Stewardships like organic farming certification systems or fair production schemes are market-based instruments for better social and environmental standards. The planned stewardship for pollinator protecting agriculture can additionally create synergies with other labels, in particular with certification systems for organic farming. We would appreciate your participation in this first consultation round. Please feel encouraged to further circulate this blog for wide participation by different stakeholder groups and from all continents. Support us by your feed back to develop a good certification scheme.
Pollinators are under heavy stress, in particular in agricultural lands. Farmers can significantly contribute to pollinator protection, e.g. by Farming with Alternative Pollinators (FAP), seeding wildflower strips (WFS), planting corridors or flowering hedgerows, leaving strips fallow, reducing chemicals, providing nesting sites and materials etc.
However, how can consumers encourage and support farmers in such good practices? As more than 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction, joint efforts of farmers, trade and consumers for the protection of wild bees, honeybees, flies, butterflies, wasps and other pollinating species are overdue. By now, there are only a few stewardships for pollinator protection with limited range, e.g. in USA and France.
Therefore, ICARDA develops an international stewardship to be registered by the reputed international sealing organization ISEAL in London. ISEAL registered well-known stewardships such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Rainforest Alliance.
ISEAL recommends two consultation rounds with many different stakeholders before the standard can be registered. We start now the first consultation round. Your comments and suggestions will be documented, the standard will be enhanced and afterwards, we will send it once more to around 60 key stakeholders for a second consultation. Then we will send the once more revised draft standard for acknowledgement and registration to ISEAL.
After acceptance of the standard, we can make the stewardship operable, establish the council, train certifiers, communicate the standard to farmers, trading companies and consumers and establish a certified trade chain, so you can be sure that fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices, oil seeds or stimulants with the label WPP (We Protect Pollinators) definitely will have been produced in a pollinator friendly way.
The first consultation phase is open for 6 weeks (until 15 February 2020). You can download the file here and your comments will be electronically stored.
Keywords: Stewardship, ISEAL, Consumer, Producer, Trade, Pollinator protection
The development of this stewardship is funded by the Federal German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI). We acknowledge the support of ISEAL and IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation during the preparation phase.