Pollinators safeguard the biodiversity of flowering plants. There are at least 300,000 flower-visiting animal species. By ensuring that fruits set and fruits and seeds ripen, pollinators are essential to the survival of all plant species they serve.
Over 80 percent of wild plants require pollination and about 35 percent of global food production depends on the services of pollinating insects.
An alarming decline in pollinator diversity has been registered in all continents, at least for some groups of pollinator species. Climate change and changing land use have an additional destabilising effect on pollinator communities.
Pollinators and Biodiversity