Assessment of the response of pollinator abundance to environmental pressures using structured expert elicitation

Martine J. Barons, Anca M. Hanea, Sophia K. Wright, Katherine C.R. Baldock, Lena Wilfert, David Chandler, Samik Datta, Jessica Fannon, Chris Hartfield, Andrew Lucas, Jeff Ollerton, Simon G. Potts, Norman L. Carreck

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    Policy-makers often need to rely on experts with disparate fields of expertise when making policy choices in complex, multi-faceted, dynamic environments such as those dealing with ecosystem services. For policy-makers wishing to make evidence-based decisions which will best support pollinator abundance and pollination services, one of the problems faced is how to access the information and evidence they need, and how to combine it to formulate and evaluate candidate policies. This is even more complex when multiple factors provide influence in combination. The pressures affecting the survival and pollination capabilities of honey bees (Apis mellifera), wild bees, and other pollinators are well documented, but incomplete. In order to estimate the potential effectiveness of various candidate policy choices, there is an urgent need to quantify the effect of various combinations of factors on the pollination ecosystem service. Using high-quality experimental evidence is the most robust approach, but key aspe...
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)593-604
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Apicultural Research
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2018


    • IDEA protocol
    • Structured expert elicitation
    • bees
    • conservation
    • ecosystem services
    • hover flies
    • pollinators


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