The European Bee Award

2016 European Bee Award

Wild flowering landscapes & bee-friendly farm machinery announced as winners of

this year’s European Bee Award

Landscape scale initiative “B-lines” and the “Double Knife system” mowing technology stand out among the pool of 27 contestants from 17 European countries

Now in its third edition, the prestigious European Bee Award organised by ELO and CEMA, awards innovative projects in two different categories: ‘land manager practices’ helping to protect pollinators’ habitat in the farmed environment and ‘innovative & technological solutions’, aiming at reducing the impact of farming activities on pollinators’ populations.
The projects “B-lines – connecting landscape for pollinators” from the UK has won the land management practices category, while the “Double Knife system with automatic grinding machine” from Germany won the award for innovative technology solutions. We had the chance to speak to the coordinators about the goals and future developments of the projects.

We had the chance to speak to the coordinators about the goals and future developments of the projects.




 The European Bee Award


The European Bee Award was launched in 2014 by the European Landowners’ Organization 

( and the European Agricultural Machinery Association CEMA ( with the aim of contributing to the promotion of common solutions for the benefit of biodiversity & enhancing pollinators' wellbeing.


NEW in 2016!! the European Bee Award will reward projects with two main focuses:

Category 1 : “Land management practices”

Category 2: “Application of innovative technological solutions”

Each category with a prize of 4,000.  


Who can participate? The European Bee Award rewards farmers, landowners, research institutes, academia and private and public organisations who develop outstanding and innovative project to protect bees and other pollinators in the farmed environment. 

The award also comes with a diploma of recognition and the winning project will be promoted  through ELO and CEMA communication channels


An independent jury chaired by Professor Godfray (University of Oxford) and supported by international experts, members of the European Institutions and NGOs will be in charge of assessing which practices and innovative ideas in agriculture can contribute to preserve the health of pollinators in Europe (e.g. honey bees, bumble bees, flies, butterflies).