Bees and flowering plants are co-evolutionary and date back to the Cretateous period (+100 m.y.a.). Today an estimated 60-80% of all flowering plants depend upon insect pollination, with bees being the most predominant and efficient group of insect pollinators. With more than 90% of the 20k bee species World- Wide being solitary bees it follows that bee diversity, and solitary bees in particular, should play a key role in biodiversity and conservation efforts.
At Habeetats we believe that because bees and flowering plants are codependent, they are best kept alive in multiple and geographically dispersed Living Pollinator Banks. In the face of a catastrophic event and rampant climate change, the $21million doomsday seed vault in Svalbard (pictured above) as well as other important seed banks (i.e., The Millennium Seedbank) would be rendered useless without bees to pollinate and propagate fruit set and seeds.
In contrast, a Global Network of Distributed Pollinator Bank Nodes with native bees offers a far more efficient, substantive and endearing means of hedging the negative effects of such events as many species can easily be managed and propagated with proper care and knowledge in place.
Habeetats Living Pollinator Bank Network is conceived as a distributed network of interconnected nodes. In effect, this means that while we cannot revert to unmodified natural environments, we can manage and design our surroundings in ways that are beneficial to a greater variety of species and cohabitation. New landscapes, habitable to a diversity of species, can be created with appropriate knowledge and care.
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