Sea Aster Mining Bee, Colletes halophilus, Floor Arts
Deforestation, habitat loss and species extinctions are all caused by land-use change, a leading cause of biodiversity loss worldwide. For example the Sea Aster Mining Bee (pictured above) are usually found in salt marshes and coastal regions. The number of salt marshes have declined 50% due to coastal development, meaning that both the Sea Aster Mining Bee and their homes are under threat.
Countries are agreeing on strategies to mitigate the effects of land-use change on biodiversity and Kew’s experience and advice is vital to make sure these do more good than harm for people and the planet, while ensuring they are supported by good implementation and monitoring tools.