CEMA and ELO recognize innovative ideas and practices to protect bees and pollinators in European farmed landscapes


With an online award ceremony on 8th December 2020, hosted by MEP Franc Bogovič, the VII edition of the European Bee Award recognized the work and commitment put in place though innovative ideas and practices to protect bees and pollinators in European farmed landscapes.

For years, the European Bee Award has been promoting bees and pollinators’ wellbeing, essential to preserve and restore biodiversity in farming environments in Europe. The prize was established by the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) and the European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association (CEMA) in 2014 as a way to acknowledge innovative, efficient and scalable projects that protect bees and pollinators in Europe. This year the traditional awarding ceremony took place online.

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The winners of the 2020 European bee Award are:

Winners of Land Management Practices

Let it Bee

by The National Federation of Group Water Schemes, Roscommon County Council and Roscommon Group Water Schemes


'Let it Bee' puts in place a comprehensive project to promote sustainable farming practices that lead to improved water quality at sources, increased biodiversity, and enhancement of climate awareness. The project includes a pilot programme providing farmers with honey bees, hives, suits, necessary equipment and training & mentoring, and encouraging them to act as ambassadors for biodiversity enhancement.

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Winners of Innovative and technological solutions 


by Università degli Studi di Torino 


The Life StopVespa project developed an innovative harmonic radar technology for tracking flying hornets of the Asian yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina), an invasive species that threatens honeybees and wild pollinators of Europe.

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Winners of the Special Mention of the Jury


by The Copenhagen City Bee Association

The ‘Copenhagen City Bee Association (Bybi)’ was awarded the Jury Special mention prize for their impressive work of promotion of apiaries and honey making in a urban collaborative environment.

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The ELO and CEMA would like to congratulate all winners and all contenders for this year’s European Bee Award, and thank them wholeheartedly for their work and their highly valued contribution to the biodiversity and pollinators.

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