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anahi_espindola's picture

The assessment allowed us to summarize and communicate all the information available on the topic, by also identifying knowledge gaps. From that perspective, it became a unique tool not only for directing future research, but also to inform policy makers, stakeholders and the general public. Being able to reach such a large audience is in my opinion one of the most important achievements of the report, allowing for successfully spreading the information among different entities involved in food production (and consumption). Further, besides providing a very encompassing overview and evaluation of the knowledge available on the topic, the report also included a Summary for Policy Makers and a clear evaluation of the impact that different actions would have on the long term maintenance of pollinator-based food production. This type of information is extremely valuable, because it can be used directly to inform decision making to direct and adapt food production strategies and policies.
leonardo_galetto's picture

In my opinion, the main contributions of the Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production to the global discussion on food production are: (a) to introduce the agenda for policy makers about the requirements for global policies that are badly needed to environmentally friendly food production; (b) to introduce guidelines on the research needed for scientific knowledge to support policy recommendations about organic and diversified farm yields, long term impacts of pesticides and GMOs, etc.; (c) to support existing and new diversified agricultural systems producing healthy food and education on areas linking pollinators, pollination, food production and wellbeing.
hajnalka_szentgyörgyi's picture

The Summary for Policy Makers is a thoroughly checked and summarized source of presently available scientific knowledge for policymakers and stakeholders. The information presented in the Summary (although more general than the Assessment itself) gives reliable guidance for all decision-makers concerning sustainable and environmental friendly food productions. It pinpoints the most important factors, drivers, actions affecting pollinators and, in consequence, the possible changes in the quality of the ecosystem services provided by them. The Summary is also describing the uncertainties and gaps in our knowledge, which require a more careful consideration in the future, both from the scientific community and the decision-makers to avoid possible negative consequences of their actions/decisions in these areas.