On the occasion of World Bee Day on May 20, which was declared by the UN General Assembly on December 20, 2017, at the proposal of Slovenia, the Embassy of Slovenia in Belgrade, organized by BeeCenter and its partner the Embassy of the Netherlands in Belgrade, with the support of the Secretariat for Environmental Protection of the City of Belgrade, The Secretariat for Communal Affairs and Greenery of Belgrade, is starting the pilot project “Flowers, welcome to our city”.
“With this “Flowers, welcome to our city” project, we present to the citizens a change in the way the grass is mowed in parks, which will bring a great acceleration of biodiversity in cities. With islands of uncut grass in parks, we will provide more food for all pollinators. The project also includes the installation of info boards where citizens will be able to get information about the project and the installation of a small hotel for insects as a new habitat for certain species, and during the year students and professors of the Faculty of Biology in Belgrade will monitor the impact of the new method of mowing for which we are sure it will be successful and bring even more parks with this method of mowing because the low-cut grass is a desert for all the pollinators in the city.” – said Dejan Vladić, economic advisor at the Embassy of Slovenia.
The importance of bees and other pollinators is of great importance to our future, to sustainable agriculture, the global food supply, and the eradication of hunger. Every third spoonful of food depends on pollination.
The presentation of the project was held on April 27, 2023, in the Academic Park in Belgrade.