A review of ecosystem service benefits from wild bees across social contexts

Matias, Denise Margaret / Julia Leventon / Anna-Lena Rau / Christian Borgemeister / Henrik von Wehrden
External Publications (2017)

in: Ambio 46 (4), 456-467

DOI: 10.1007/s13280-016-0844-z
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In order to understand the role of wild bees in both social and ecological systems, we conducted a quantitative and qualitative review of publications dealing with wild bees and the benefits they provide in social contexts. We classified publications according to several attributes such as services and benefits derived from wild bees, types of bee-human interactions, recipients of direct benefits, social contexts where wild bees are found, and sources of changes to the bee-human system. We found that most of the services and benefits from wild bees are related to food, medicine, and pollination. We also found that wild bees directly provide benefits to communities to a greater extent than individuals. In the social contexts where they are found, wild bees occupy a central role. Several drivers of change affect bee-human systems, ranging from environmental to political drivers. These are the areas where we recommend making interventions for conserving the bee-human system.

About the author

Matias, Denise Margaret

Agricultural Researcher

Matias

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Lehmann, Ina

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Agricultural / Development Economics 

Schoderer, Mirja

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