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The misplaced management of bees
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  • Benoit Geslin,
  • Lise Ropars,
  • Marie Zakardjian,
  • Floriane Flacher
Benoit Geslin
Aix Marseille Université, Université Avignon
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Lise Ropars
Franche-Comte University
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Marie Zakardjian
Aix Marseille Université, Université Avignon
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Floriane Flacher
Aix Marseille Université, Université Avignon
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Abstract

Problem statement: To halt global biodiversity decline, many conservation measures are set up by citizens, companies, or stakeholders. However, even if originally well-intentioned, some of these actions could have direct or indirect negative effects on biodiversity when ecology is not accounted for. The management of bees is a good example of such misplaced conservation practices. We identified three successive errors in the management of bees which can disrupt the focus on real conservation issues: the multiplication of honey bee hives, the installation of insect hotels, the trade of solitary bee cocoons for release into the wild. To help the bees, as well as biodiversity in general, we must consider prioritizing efficient conservation measures which consider more broadly the complexity of ecosystems.