During the world celebration week of biodiversity as a value to be preserved and developed, also by the new generations, Norway plays its part in aid of the insects. The first “city highway” for bees, hornets, etc, was inaugurated in Oslo. The project was created by the Oslo Garden Society, which proposed to create through the city streets a path with enough food – so flowers and plants – to feed bees and insects living in the city.
Tonje Waaktaar Gamst, member of the Garden Society, explained that sufficient food also means to help the insects overcome the stress caused by the human manipulation of the environment. In the cities, generally, it is difficult to pollinate, and often, experts say, the insects die of starvation. This causes serious damages to the agricolture, too. Gamst and his team have placed flower vases on the roofs and terraces of houses along a path that goes from east to west. Every 250 meters bees and hornets find a “rest point”, made available by environmentalist organizations, animal-rights organizations and volunteers involved by the municipality of Oslo to collaborate on the project. Many people planted flowers in their properties along the “highway” of the bees.
The organization Biby for example has created an app that shows the areas that have no flowers at all, so to make the one living there planting. According to the Garden Society, the phenomenon of the gradual extinction of certain species of insect is unfortunately well-known in Norway and in other European countries, even if the problem is not as serious as in other areas of the world, in US for example. Oslo is trying to solve the problem and to avoid the worst, preserving biodiversity also in the city.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo