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RestPoll: Restoring Pollinator habitats across European agricultural landscapes based on multi-actor participatory approaches

Project description

Setting the agenda for future global pollinator restoration

In a world where wild pollinator populations are dwindling, Europe is taking a bold step to lead the charge in their restoration. The EU-funded RestPoll project will restore pollinator populations and solidify Europe’s global leadership in this critical endeavour. By uniting experts from various fields, including natural and social scientists, non-governmental organisations, businesses and ministries, the project aims to co-design, evaluate and refine measures for pollinator restoration, engaging stakeholders at every level, from land managers to governments. At the heart of RestPoll lies the establishment of a Europe-wide network of pollinator restoration case-study areas and Living Labs, dedicated to experimentation and mutual learning. Its holistic approach combines cutting-edge research, participatory planning and the development of new business models.


RestPoll is a highly transdisciplinary project aiming to provide society with tools to reverse wild pollinator declines and to position Europe as a global leader in pollinator restoration. RestPoll will, together with stakeholders ranging from individual land managers to governments, co-design, evaluate, and refine measures and cross-sectoral approaches to restore pollinators and their services. The RestPoll consortium combines the expertise of natural and social scientists, NGOs, businesses, and ministries. Stakeholders along the food value chain will be engaged through newly developed participatory approaches at diverse social, ecological, and political scales. Central to RestPoll is the establishment of a Europe-wide network of pollinator restoration case-study areas and Living Labs (LL), which are unique hubs for experimentation, demonstration, and mutual learning.
RestPoll aims to position Europe as a global leader and set the future agenda for pollinator restoration worldwide. The transdisciplinary RestPoll consortium will develop, test, evaluate and refine cross-sectoral pollinator restoration approaches to conserve biodiversity and to benefit nature and society. To restore wild pollinator diversity and their vital pollination services, RestPoll will co-design measures with different stakeholders (ranging from individual land managers to governments) at various spatial scales (field, farm, landscape, European scales), in agricultural landscapes that are dominated by intensively managed crops or grasslands. Our holistic approach, informed by cutting-edge transdisciplinary research, will integrate stakeholders and actors at multiple levels as well as natural and social science disciplines to engage in participatory planning and development of new business models. Learning outcomes will be disseminated by regional to European multi-actor partners and collaborators, which will ensure impact beyond the end of the project.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 837 500,00
79098 Freiburg

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Baden-Württemberg Freiburg Freiburg im Breisgau, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 1 837 500,00

Participants (22)

Partners (9)