Day of Insects brings together dedicated people from all over Germany
On 21st and 22nd March 2018 Insect Respect and the partner organizations hosted for the second time the nationwide Day of Insects in Bielefeld.
About 150 participants from economy, science, environmental organizations, the media and civil society presented their projects and activities concerning the promotion of insects in speeches and at networking tables. In action forums they discussed how to establisch intersectoral round tables for biodiversity all over Germany, how to enthuse more volunteers with natural research and conservation and how topics such as biodiversity and insects can increasingly find their way into the headlines of the media. The open, moderated panel discussion made clear that cooperations can succeed if all parties are open for unconventional solutions.
„The goal of this conference is to motivate as many people as possible to rethink“, said the conference director Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, CEO of Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG and inventor of Insect Respect. „Together we are the insect lobby.“ On the 21st March 2018 he opened new insect-friendly habitats as a tangible measure on his company’s grounds in Bielefeld: on ground level, vertically at buildings and on roof areas. „Every square meter counts“, emphasized Philipp Unterweger, biologist at Insect Respect, during the public tour.
Josef Tumbrinck, North Rhine-Westphalia’s chairman of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), showed in his speech on the 22nd March 2018 that insect depletion reached the populace and politics — right up to the federal coalition agreement — but that it must not lack professional depth: „Not only insects are dying out, entomologists are dying out as well.“ More expertise at universities and in practical economy is necessary.
„Very often, companies cannot relate their business to biodiversity“, said co-organizer Stefan Hörmann, leader of „companies and biodiversity“ at the Global Nature Fund. He explained, how the Biodiversity Check can help to embed the topic strategically and long-term. Dr. Katrin Reuter from the 'Biodiversity in Good Company' initiative emphasized that NGOs play a vital part in establishing biodiversity aspects in economy.
„Insects, as pollinators, are a central part of our ecosystems and provide the foundation of food production. Their habitat has to be protected and their food availability has to be supported“, said Dr. Florian Schäfer from REWE Group. In the final fishbowl discussion he made clear why the trade company is involved in the PRO PLANET apple project: „The biggest added value is the cooperation between agriculture and nature conservation.“ The dialogue fosters development and understanding on both sides.
On the 21st March 2018 midge expert Dr. Doreen Walther asked for understanding as well in her public evening lecture: „If you want to understand midges, you have to think like a midge.“ The animals are attracted by standing water but also by the CO2 from breathing air, by smells and high-contrast clothing. Prevention and caution should be expected from human reason because „every control measure harms the equilibrium.“
The presentations, videos, photos and texts will soon be published in a publicly available multimedia conference documentation on the Insect Respect website.
Co-organizers were Insect Respect (company Reckhaus), the Global Nature Fund and the Natural History Museum Bielefeld; the REWE Group supported the conference.
Exchange of experiences & dialogue
In order to stop insects dying a lot of commitment from many sites will be necessary. Politics, economy, non-profit organisations, civil society and the public need to contribute. To ensure the stakeholders open themselves to an exchange, Insect Respect and partners will host further such conferences.
The Day of Insects targets to show acitivites and to promote the network of all interested players – in the short and long-term perspective.
- Visibility & networking: protagonists for insects and biodiversity in Germany
- Discover approaches and solutions
- Dialogue and feedback
- Raise awareness for insects' threats and value
- Joint projects, new cooperations
- Publications for continuous attention & annual repetition
21st March 2018, 10.30am, Industriestr. 53, Bielefeld-Sennestadt
Grand opening of new Insect Respect areas
21st March 2018, 7pm, Bielefelder Hof (near Bielefeld main station)
Public lecture Dr. Doreen Walther – Insects: Bothersome or beneficial?
A gnat expert's fascinating insights
22nd March 2018, 11am – 4.45pm, Bielefelder Hof (near Bielefeld main station)
Day of Insects 2018 with impulses from different actors
Speeches, workshops and panel discussion
Conference fee: free
Catering contribution (lunch, drinks, coffee): 25,- Euros
Support of the REWE Group
"As pollinators insects are a central component of our ecosystem and form the essential basis for food production. Their habitats need to be protected and their food supply promoted”, says Dr. Florian Schäfer, REWE Group. As early as 2009, the trading company together with the Bodensee Foundation and the sales company “Obst vom Bodensee” launched a pilot project to promote insect protection in fruit cultivation. In cooperation with the Lake Constance Foundation, Birdlife International Austria and NABU, the first PRO PLANET project has been started in 2010, in which 13 growing regions and 250 fruit growers promote biodiversity in apple cultivation. For the REWE Group, cooperation with a lot of stakeholders is an important success factor. For this reason, the trading company participates in the Day of the Insects in order to strengthen the dialogue between research, companies and civil society organisations and to enable cooperation between different stakeholders.
Day of Insects 2017
The 30th of March 2017 Insect Respect arranged in cooperation with namu e.V. the first Day of Insects.
Experts from science, economy, civil society and media came to Bielefeld for the interdisciplinary convention. About the topic of "fostering insects", researchers on bioeconomy, people commited against light pollution, insect opponents, environmentalists, businessmen and environmental educators exchanged views.
Recognition:The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation included the Day of Insects as good example of cooperation in its platform for action "Enterprise Biolodiversity 2020" (UBi 2020).
Videos on the Day of Insects
The following videos on the Day of Insects 2017 are available on YouTube:
(speeches in the original order)
Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus
Insect Respect, Firma Reckhaus
Dr. Isolde Wrazidlo
Insect Respect, Firma Reckhaus
Prof. Dr. J. Wolfgang Wägele
Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn
Unternehmen für biologische Vielfalt sensibilisieren: Die 'Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative"
Biodiversity in Good Company Initiative e.V., Berlin
Dr. Melanie von Orlow
Liesborner Imkerei "Zur Tegeler Biene", Bundesarbeitsgruppe (BAG) Hymenoptera im NABU, Berlin
Dr. Georg Petschenka
Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Institut für Insektenbiotechnologie
Verein zur Förderung ökologischer Schädlingsbekämpfung e. V.
Prof. Dr. Anant Patel
Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences
M.Sc. Maria Real Perdomo
Dr. Andreas Hänel
Natur und Umwelt - Planetarium, Museum am Schölerberg, Dark Sky der Vereinigung der Sternfreunde e.V.
Lebendiges Bienen-Museum Knüllwald & NABU-Zentrum für Blütenökologie, Knüllwald – Niederbeisheim
Faszination Bodenwelt: Die Edaphobase Länderstudie. Ein Ansatz zur Ermittlung von Referenzwerten für Bodenorganismen verschiedener Biotoptypen
gaiac Forschungsinstitut für Ökosystemanalyse und -bewertung e.V. an der RWTH Aachen
Moderation: Tina Teucher