European Bee Award

2021 EDITION

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2020 EDITION

 

European Bee Award 2020:
And the winners are...

With an online award ceremony, hosted yesterday by MEP Franc BogovicฬŒ, the VII edition of the European Bee Award recognized the work and commitment put in place though innovative ideas and practices to protect bees and pollinators in European farmed landscapes.

For years, the European Bee Award has been promoting bees and pollinators’ wellbeing, essential to preserve and restore biodiversity in farming environments in Europe. The prize was established by the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) and the European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association (CEMA) in 2014 as a way to acknowledge innovative, efficient and scalable projects that protect bees and pollinators in Europe. This year the traditional awarding ceremony took place online. The winners of the 2020 European bee Award are:

Winners of Land Management Practices
Let it Bee
by The National Federation of Group Water Schemes, Roscommon County Council and Roscommon Group Water Schemes
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'Let it Bee' puts in place a comprehensive project to promote sustainable farming practices that lead to improved water quality at sources, increased biodiversity, and enhancement of climate awareness. The project includes a pilot programme providing farmers with honey bees, hives, suits, necessary equipment and training & mentoring, and encouraging them to act as ambassadors for biodiversity enhancement.

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Winners of "Innovative and technological solutions"
StopVespa
by Università degli Studi di Torino
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The Life StopVespa project developed an innovative harmonic radar technology for tracking flying hornets of the Asian yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina), an invasive species that threatens honeybees and wild pollinators of Europe.

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Winners of the Special Mention of the Jury
Bybi
by The Copenhagen City Bee Association
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The ‘Copenhagen City Bee Association (Bybi)’ was awarded the Jury Special mention prize for their impressive work of promotion of apiaries and honey making in a urban collaborative environment.

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The ELO and CEMA would like to congratulate all winners and all contenders for this year’s European Bee Award, and thank them wholeheartedly for their work and their highly valued contribution to the biodiversity and pollinators.

Please find below all the projects who wanted to be featured on our website

 

 

Contact person

Project name

Category

Explanation


Heather Moore


Bee the Change project


Land Management Practices


Main aims is to connect communities to nature, this is achieved by physically creating places of nature, where people want to be and facilitate the formation of a community around it.


Visit their website : https://www.beethechangeproject.org/

Follow them on Social Media https://www.instagram.com/beethechangeproject/?hl=en         https://www.facebook.com/beethechange.heathershoneybees/

 

Anna Gadecka

Bee saving paper

Land Management Practices

100% compostable material designed to save exhausted bees.

Visit their website : https://beesavingpaper.com/  and follow them on : https://www.instagram.com/bee_saving_paper/

 

Dr. Isabelle Ays

Flower Power

Land Management Practices

Flower Power system combines flower strips and fallow land with windbreak shrubs, water harvesting elements and shady solar panels.

Visit their website: https://goldbecksolar.com/en/

 

Calon Wen Dairy Cooperative

Pasture for Pollinators

Land Management Practices

How dairy farmers can manage their forage resources to conserve and enhance pollinator populations.

Visit their website: https://www.calonwen-cymru.com/

 

Vladislava Iliqnova Kazakova-Ioani

Together we bring back nature

Land Management Practices

Development of beekeeping with funds provided by the competition.Assistance to encourage beekeepers to raise bees for pollination of plants. And much more to help the increase and protection of bees and beekeepers

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Mark Hayward

A Million Bees on farm

Land Management Practices

Dingley Dell Pork : A Favourable balance starts with the diversity of plants.

Visit their website: https://www.dingleydell.com/

Galbusera

Luciano Triangeli


Campi Fioriti


Land Management Practices

The project aims to create a network of various flowery fields for biodiversity in Northern Italy to forage and protect bees and wild pollinators in intensive agricultural areas.

 

Visit their website: https://www.galbusera.it/

 

Amara Nelwa

 

Salone Forest Sweet


Land Management Practices

Vision to eliminate poverty in impoverished and marginalized rural communities in, by taking an integrated approach by working across sectors of apiculture bee farming as sustainable livelihood.

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Pollinature GmbH

Holger Thissen

Pollination service with mason bees

Land Management Practices

Pollination specialist Pollinature offers mason bees for pollination of cherries, apples, pears and other fruit crops throughout Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland.

Visit their website: https://pollinature.net

 

Health Protection Group of the Ardennes' bees (GDSA)

Development of a conservation station for black bees (Apis mellifera mellifera)

Land Management Practices

The project of preservation of the black bee in “Domaine de Belval” study area consists in breeding and selecting an endogenous bee which can survive independently in its natural environment.

Visit their website: www.domaine-belval.org

 

GS Group

Sustainable agricultural activity in several areas in Murcia

Land Management Practices

Achieve a sustainable agricultural activity in serveral areas in Murcia of high agricultural intensity and that is also a great pole of economic activity in the region.

More info on: www.gsgrupo.com

 

Igor Kurdin

 

Amohive

Application of innovative technological solutions

Amohive provides smart beehives with sensors, solar battery, gps and lightweight construction can measure intensity and effectivity of crop pollination.

Visit their website https://www.amohive.com/              Follow them on www.facebook.com/amohive

 

Geert Steelant

Using the predator mite against the Varroa mite

Application of innovative technological solutions

Method of fighting the Varroa mite with the predatormite Stratiolealaps Sscimitus.

Visit their website: https://www.delachendebijenkast.be/

 

Daniele Melis

HiveGuard

Application of innovative technological solutions

HiveGuard is a device that combines a camera and an image recognition algorithm which allows for automatic hive monitoring, it detects the type of cell according to their shape and siwe and the infected cells by their colour.

Visit their website: https://hiveguard.it/

 

Bee standards

Sergio Saez-Guillen

Drumapic honey drums cleaner

Application of innovative technological solutions

We have created DrumApic, an affordable and convenient technology that cleans instantly honey drums, in a manner that allows re using them by preserving internal coatingm saving water and work hours.

Visit their website : https://www.beestandards.com

 

Grant Morgan

Vatorex

Application of innovative technological solutions

Each brood comb is heated in succession via the wax foundations embedded heating coils which is an effective killing power against varroa and the viruses they carry.

Visit their website: https://www.vatorex.com/

 

3 Bee s.r.l

Niccolò Calandri

Sustainable Pollination

Application of innovative technological solutions

3Bee is developing the first platform in Europe for coordinating the provision of pollination services from beekeepers to farmers.

 

Visit their website : https://www.3bee.it/en/

 

Nicolas Betti

Nurares

NOVARROX the natural and biological solution to the Varroa destructor

Application of innovative technological solutions

The product NOVARROX acts as a natural pesticide for bees used in the treatment of Varroatosis

 

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2019 EDITION

Pro Planet Apples from Lake Constance and AI technology Apisfero winning projects of the 2019 European Bee Award

In a ceremony hosted by MEP Franc Bogoviฤ  at the European Parliament in Brussels, the VI edition of the European Bee Award acknowledges the great commitment of private and public organisations, as well as the involvement of the research community, to enhance pollinators’ wellbeing and support bee-friendly farming practices in Europe.

The European Bee Award is a contest initially created by ELO and CEMA (European Agricultural Machinery Association). Since 2014, the award has highlighted innovative projects from all across Europe aiming at the protection of pollinators, among others in farmed environment. On the 10th of December 2019, MEP Frank BOGOVIC hosted the ceremony award in Brussels at the European Parliament. The ceremony gathered over 100 people to celebrate the winners of the 2019 edition which received 36 applications from 11 different countries.

Former European Commissioner for R&D and Environment Janez Potocnik opened the ceremony, stressing that “it is really hard to imagine a future without the bees, let’s respect and treat them in a responsible way, the way they deserve due to all the good things they are providing to us humans and the rest of nature.” On behalf of ELO, Alain Scriban awarded the first category prize to the Lake Constance Foundation in Germany for their project, Pro Planet Apples, from Lake Constance. They have developed a way to encourage apple growers in the region to implement sustainable pollinator protection. The project has seen a significant impact and positive results whilst demonstrating that it has tremendous capacity for scalability.

Gilles Dryancour, honorary president of CEMA, handed the second category prize to the Italian team of Apisfero for their project, Bee Varroa Scanner: a high-resolution scan using artificial intelligence to count Varroa mite in the hive helping beekeepers in fighting this scourge widely affecting honey bees in Europe. Dr. Michael GARRATT, President of the jury for the second year, gave the special mention of the jury to ‘Green-roofed bus shelters in Utrecht.’ They stood out for their innovative and original method of providing shelter for pollinators and feeding them in urban areas, where their natural habitats are usually scarce.

If you want to find out more about the winners of the 2019 European Bee Award, please refer to Countryside magazine n°184.

 

From all the 36 applications of these edition, the following ones wanted to share their projects:

Contact person

Project name

Category

Explanation

Sarah Baker

Increasing wild pollinators on your farm

Land Management Practices

Increasing wild pollinators on your farm: a low cost approach was developed to help farmers make simple management changes to maximise food, nesting and overwintering habitats on their land.

https://glnp.org.uk/your-land/pollinators/increasing-wild-pollinators-on-your-farm.php

Cathy Horsley

West Country Buzz project

Land Management Practices

The West Country Buzz project is working with farmers and volunteers to increase the area of suitable habitat and its connectivity across farmland for rare bumblebees and other pollinators.

https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/west-country-buzz/

Sebastian Gorecki

Intelligent Hives

Application of innovative technological solutions

Intelligent Hives supports beekeepers in managing their apiaries by providing an economical and easy-to-use system that allows them to monitor condition of bees and warn of anomalies inside the hive.

http://intelligenthives.eu/

Oleg Klochko

Amohive project

Application of innovative technological solutions

Amohive provides intelligent beekeeping products - smart beehive as a beekeeper assistant, capability for tracing the origin and preventing the falsification of honey, pollination intensity control, honey bee research, etc.

www.facebook.com/amohive

Bogdan Iordache

Apiary Book

Application of innovative technological solutions

Our mission is to help beekeepers from around the world to make better informed decisions by providing a complete solution for management, monitoring and analyzing the data of bee colonies and environmental factors that affect their health.

http://www.apiarybook.com

Adriana Díaz

10 years of successful chemical-free beekeeping with heat treatment against Varroa - it works well! 

Application of innovative technological solutions

Our innovative heat treatment technology enables beekeepers to care for their bees without any chemicals during the whole year. This tested approach is effective against the Varroa mites - It works!

https://www.varroa-controller.com/

Michael Rubinigg

LKO-Warndienst

Application of innovative technological solutions

LKO-Warndienst offers a freely accessible, web-based monitoring and risk assessment tool for crop producers and beekeepers, aimed to optimise integrated pest management and to improve both plant and bee health.

https://warndienst.lko.at/

Mihail mladenov

Beevolute

Application of innovative technological solutions

Curious how deep learning and neural networks can help in beekeeping? Learn more about the “System for monitoring bee families and contributing to their development” on www.beevolute.com

www.beevolute.com

 

     
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2018 EDITION

Protecting the bees: A holistic land management approach and an innovative sowing machine

are the winners of this year’s edition of the European Bee

MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz hosted the ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels and in the presence of EU Director General for Environment Daniel Calleja Crespo, this year’s prize was awarded to a Spanish project focusing on holistic land management practices and an innovative sowing machine for field margins.

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2017 EDITION

Solitary bees’ protection and bee-friendly spraying technology winner projects of the IV edition of the European Bee Award

In a ceremony hosted by MEP Franc Bogoviฤ at the European Parliament in Brussels and in presence of EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel, this year’s award celebrates in particular the great commitment of private and public organisations, as well as individual initiatives, to pollinators’ wellbeing and bee-friendly farming practices in Europe.

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