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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS CALLS FOR A NATIONAL POLLINATOR’S STRATEGY
THURSDAY 16 OCTOBER 2014

Photograph - Emily with Bumble Bee from Bee Cause Outside the Labour Party Conference

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has called for the development of a National Pollinator Strategy. She said:
“I’m very concerned that the Government has abandoned the natural environment at great cost to our wellbeing and our economy. This isn’t just about bad science it’s about the Tories dangerous idea that growth for the privileged few should trump our environment and our wellbeing.
“I understand that habitat loss and alteration is the most important cause of pollinator decline. That is why the next Labour Government will review the way that public money is spent to ensure that public goods are improved rather than eroded.”
One out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on insect pollination and it’s estimated that 84% of EU crops and 80% of wildflowers rely on insect pollination.
There is strong evidence that the species diversity and ranges of wild bees, numbers of honey bee colonies and abundance of butterflies and moths are declining.
In 2009 the previous Labour Government adopted an ecosystems-scale approach to managing our natural environment. This was based on the aim that biodiversity is enhanced (diversity, functioning and resilience) in a network of spaces for nature which can be sustained in the face of environmental change and human pressures.
The Coalition has since failed to arrest the decline of our natural environment with evidence indicating that wild insect pollinators, such as hoverflies, moths, midges, butterflies and wild bees, are experiencing serious population declines.
Ms Brothers added:
“The next Labour government will secure the recovery of our natural environment from May 2015. That is what people have a right to expect from us.
“The next Labour Government will bring nature closer to people by ensuring public money makes space for nature in urban and suburban areas. Instead of focussing on individual species or habitats, we take an approach based upon whole ecosystems. That why the next Labour Government will restore a whole-ecosystems scale approach to our natural environment to meet the challenge of halting and reversing the decline of our pollinators against a background of continuing environmental change and development.
“The last Labour Government made a binding commitment to reverse the decline of biodiversity by 2020 and committed to make space for nature. We will continue along that pathway.”

 

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