Bees are vital for the Earth's ecosystem

Slovenia celebrates World Bee Day

Slovenia celebrates World Bee Day

Golden Bee Prize will honour achievements in the protection of pollinators around the world

Today, 20 May, Slovenia and the world mark World Bee Day. World Bee Day was declared by the United Nations in 2018 at the initiative of Slovenia, a country famed for its Carniolan honey bee (Apis mellifera carnica) and home to more than 500 bee species. The date was chosen to coincide with the birthday in 1734 of Anton Janša, Slovene pioneer of modern beekeeping.

Golden Bee Prize

Using the occasion, the Agriculture Ministry introduces the Golden Bee Prize, with which Slovenia will be honouring achievements in the protection of bees and other pollinators around the world, STA reports. The state prize will be conferred in three categories: promotion, preservation or research of bees and others pollinators.

Throughout 2021 - the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development - Slovenia, together with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), will be drawing special attention to the importance of the creative economy for the protection of bees and other pollinators. Slovenia also strives to promote sustainable development in foreign policy within the so-called Green Group, in which it participates together with the Cape Verde Islands, Costa Rica, Iceland, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. 

A joint statement by the group highlights the importance of pollinators for food security, agriculture, biodiversity conservation, their positive effects on the entire ecosystem, as well as the good practices undertaken in member countries. In the case of Slovenia, these include active participation in events and initiatives supporting sustainable beekeeping and raising awareness of the importance of pollinators at the national and international level. One such event is "Bee Engaged: Build Back Better for Bees" which Slovenia holds today together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Local bee-related projects

The Slovenian government has recently approved EU funding for the House of the Carniolan Honey Bee. The project is dedicated to the interaction between the historical and cultural heritage linked to the Carniolan bee and the high-tech innovative solutions in beekeeping. The House will be established by the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica in the Višnja Gora town centre, reports STA.



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