Having recognized the decline of pollinators, and its effect on agricultural biodiversity and sustainable agriculture, at the Fifth Conference of Parties (COP V) of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2000, an International Initiative for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Pollinators (also known as the International Pollinator Initiative - IPI) was established (COP decision V/5, section II). COP V/5 requested the development of a plan of action, and in April 2002, the Sixth Conference of Parties established the Plan of Action of the IPI. The Plan of Action of the IPI (available on the "Documents" page of this website) consists of four basic Elements:
FAO has been coordinating and facilitating the implementation of the IPI by undertaking, in collaboration with numerous partners, activities that contribute to the implementation of these four elements. Under the first element, FAO has been coordinating a preliminary assessment of the status and trends of pollinators throughout the world. In this context, submissions of case-studies have been invited. Case study submissions, relating to the different elements of the IPI are available from the "Case Studies" page of this site. The Rapid Assessment of Pollinators' Status report - produced as a contribution to the IPI Plan of Action - is available from the "Documents" page of this site.