'Coup d'Pousse' and 'Connected scales' take the big prizes at the VIII edition of the European Bee Award.
In a ceremony hosted by MEP Franc Bogovič in Brussels, the VIII 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.
In addition, the 'Special Mention of the Jury' was bestowed to ‘Smartomizer H3O protecting bees by reducing the pesticides use’, by Pulverizadores Fede. The Smartomizer H3O is an integrated pest management system that reduces negative effects on pollinators and also protects biodiversity by reducing the environmental impact of the high value crops protection task by carrying out precise and eco-responsible treatments.
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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 Bogovič 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.
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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.
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 Bogovič 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.