Bees of the Mercantour territory: Diversity and Pollination

Bees of the Mercantour territory: Diversity and Pollination

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
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Dates / Project duration

May 2017 - October 2019 / 30 months

Field of action :

Conservation of endangered species

Branch :


Location :

Mercantour, France

Project sponsor(s) :

European Park - Parco Europeo Alpi Marittime Mercantour


The "Bees of the Mercantour-Alpi Marittime territory: Diversity and Pollination" project has a twin objective:

  •  To gain a more accurate idea of the diversity of wild bees within the Mercantour-Alpi Marittime territory: inventories have revealed that one-third of France's bees find refuge in these mountains, but a fuller understanding is needed of the distribution and ecology of the different species, and there are probably new discoveries to be made.
  • To better understand the interaction between the hay meadows (high altitude areas of grassland) and the wild bees. The hay meadows appear to provide a very favourable environment for wild bees, and the bees could reciprocate by pollinating these environments, thus playing a part in their conservation.

This project is related to the project to improve awareness of the biodiversity of the Mercantour-Alpi Marittime territory and the work to conserve and understand the functioning of the hay meadows, an environment that is in sharp decline but has strong potential to support biodiversity.