We have now had the time to look over the recently released, Ontario Pollinator Health Action Plan and we like what we see.
This plan is part of the province's broader Pollinator Health Strategy (PHS), that was launched in November 2014. At the time, the Ontario government highlighted two aspirational targets:
- To reduce overwinter mortality rates for managed honey bees to 15 per cent by 2020.
- To achieve an 80 per cent reduction in the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed by 2017.
In 2016, a third aspirational target has been added:
To restore, enhance and protect one million acres of pollinator habitat in Ontario (timelines to be determined by the Habitat Committee).
The plan builds in actions, timelines and accountability. It is designed to be adaptive and can be adjusted as new, evidence-based research becomes available.
The plan welcomes the involvement and collaboration of organizations and groups. Our Hamilton Pollinator Paradise Project is proud to have been included in the list of stakeholders working for pollinator health!