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Social and cultural values of pollinators - PH0523

This project aims to enhance understanding of social and cultural values of pollinators and improve the way in which these values are taken into account in policy development, decision-making and evaluation at a variety of spatial scales, as well as inform future discussions on the case for government or private investment.

Defra published the National Pollinator Strategy (NPS) in November 2014 .

The project is one of the eleven evidence actions which Defra has committed to take forward under the NPS. It is key for implementing the NPS which falls under the Defra priority of improving the environment . Defra is leading on the NPS but will deliver the strategy in partnership with others.

The project is expected to last 12 months (March 2015 to March 2016_. After commencement of the project, an interim report is expected (at the end of June 2015). The final research report and Research Briefing are required by the 29th of March 2016. The project will develop a programme to take this area of work forwards, spanning policy, practice and evidence, including recommendations on methods.

The project will be funded by Defra’s Biodiversity and Ecosystems Evidence Programme. Defra expects the cost of the project to be within the range £70-100k and will consider bids across this full range.
The objectives are:
• To undertake an evidence review on social and cultural values of pollinators, including evidence from a range of social science and arts and humanities disciplines. The review should include an assessment of how social and cultural values of pollinators have changed over time, to provide context for the current study
• To design and undertake a programme of in-depth qualitative, participatory and/or interpretative research to help understand and articulate social and cultural values of pollinators.

This should consider using methods developed as part of the National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-on Phase (NEAFO) , including participatory and deliberative methods and arts and humanities approaches . Qualitative and/or participatory research may be well suited to help understand attitudes, values, motivations and behaviours in further detail. Arts and humanities approaches may be well suited to help understand the deeper and longer term cultural values and meanings associated with pollinators, often specific to particular places.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : PH0523 FinalReport   (11367k)
• SUM - Summary Report : PH0523 Summary   (744k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2015

To: 2016

Cost: £99,654
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Simon Christmas Ltd
Fields of Study
Plant Health