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Urbanbees

Urbanbees is a LIFE + Biodiversity European Programme which works for the cause of wild bees in urban and peri-urban areas. The programme was launched in 2010 for a 5-year period and is operated by INRA in Avignon in partnership with the association Arthropologia, the cities of Lyon and Villeurbanne, the University of Lyon and the Natural History Museum in London.  It is funded jointly by the European Union, the French Ministry for Ecology, the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, the Urban Community of Lyon and Botanic®.

Updated on 09/16/2015
Published on 09/15/2015

The main goal of URBANBEES is the circulation of a guide of land management all over Europe, validated during the course of the programme, aimed at encouraging the maintenance and the increase of diversity of wild bees in urban and peri-urban environments. This guide of land management, written with cities and their inhabitants in mind, offers ideas on how to ensure the presence of wild bees, and other insect pollinators, as well as gardening tips to help them thrive. Different sites in the Greater Lyon area have been built specifically to provide food and nesting for wild bees. Constant follow up of these sites makes it possible to observe and study the behaviour of certain bee populations.

Throughout the programme, numerous out-reach campaigns (events, outings, conferences, workshops, training) allow different types of people (children, the general public, politicians and green space professionals) to learn about and even actively take part in, the Urbanbees programme.  During the final year of the programme, the results and the plan of management are being disseminated through publications, international conferences, and an exhibition (in English and in French).

The Urbanbees website www.urbanbees.eu is a comprehensive resource to find out more about the Urbanbees project, its aims, results, study sites, partners and coming events. It includes information on the biology and ecology of bees and an inventory of bee species. Details are provided on how to participate in the programme

A number of documents and publications can be downloaded for professionals, teachers, the general public and children.

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See the INRA press release on the findings of the Urbanbees programme published in the journal PLOS ONE on 13 August 2014.