Healthy and resilient ecosystems underpin human well-being and quality of life. Pollinators contribute to plant reproduction in natural and managed ecosystems which supports food security, local and national economies, and provides wider biodiversity and ecosystem benefits (cf. IPBES, Aichi targets, UN SDGs).
Design of standardized frameworks to assess the status and trends of pollinators and services. There is an urgent need for coordinated, comprehensive data, methods and tools to help knowledge integration across LATAM.
Understand impacts of land use change/ landscape context on pollinator communities. This will support evidence based decision making to help growers and land managers optimize pollination for sustainable production.
Determine the status and impacts of alien invasive species at regional and continental scales. This will help to evaluate the costs and benefits associated with alien pollinators (e.g. African honeybees, European bumblebees) in food production systems
Highlight and prioritize knowledge/research gaps for sustainable pollination in LATAM countries,
Develop effective links to enable innovative international collaborations, define clear action plans to further develop, fund and sustain such collaboration in the long-term.
Empower participants and provide mentoring to enhance research impact in LATAM and UK.
Identify ways to promote dialogue, raise awareness and transfer knowledge between scientists, policy-makers, and land-owners to support evidence based decisions in LATAM.
This work is supported by a Researcher Links Workshop grant, ID 2017-RLWK9- 359543120, under the UK LATAM partnership. The grant is funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and CONICET and delivered by the British Council.
The Newton Fund is now a £735 million fund which, through science and innovation partnerships, promotes the economic development and social welfare of partnering countries. It aims to strengthen science and innovation capacity and unlock further funding through which the UK and partner countires will build strong, sustainable and systemic relationships. It is delivered through 7 UK delivery partners in collaboration with the partner countries. Activities are in three broad activities: