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First international meeting APIS SILVATICA

The western honey bee in nature. Pantelleria May 16-20, 2022

Inviting scientists and activists studying free-living colonies of Apis mellifera, their relationship to other pollinators, managed colonies and ecosystems. The detailed program will be available soon.

Organization: Parco Nazionale Isola di Pantelleria (in cooperation with Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, Parco Nazionale della Maiella, Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio and Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago Toscano).

Scientific Committee:

Coordinators
Valeria Malagnini, Paolo Fontana (Fondazione Edmund Mach), Gabriella Lo Verde, Tommaso La Mantia (Università di Palermo)

Committee
Sonia Anelli, Andrea Biddittu (Parco Nazionale Isola di Pantelleria), Patrizio Scarpellini (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre), Susanna D'Antoni, Monica Vercelli, Valter Bellucci (ISPRA), Ignazio Floris (Accademia Nazionale di Entomologia, Università di Sassari), Cecilia Costa, Laura Bortolotti (CREA-AA), Nicola Tormen, Enrico Ruzzier (World Biodiversity Association), Antonio Felicioli (CTSTAA, Università di Pisa, CiRAA), Gennaro Di Prisco (CNR), Fani Hatjina, Riccardo Jannoni (Apimondia), Joann Sy (Pollinis), Giacomo Ciriello, Nicola Bradbear (Bees for Development).

Program:
Day 1 - Arrival and Social Dinner
Day 2 - Free-living colonies of Apis mellifera, their value and conservation
Day 3 - Interactions between free-living and managed bees and the conservation of western honey bee subspecies
Day 4 - Monitoring and protecting wild pollinators
Day 5 - Signature of a collegial document, The Pantelleria Declaration, outlining practical measures for the protection of free-living colonies of Apis mellifera and all wild pollinators during World Bee Day, 20 May 2022.

Each day will involve presentations by leading researchers, a poster session to showcase relevant projects and studies around the world and round table discussions to define the contents of The Pantelleria Declaration.

Participation in the conference will include an excursion in the Parco Nazionale Isola di Pantelleria, including visits to organic farms, free-living honey bee colonies and sites of historical interest and natural beauty.

The last day of the meeting will be held in Italian, all the other days in English.

To register your interest and for further details please email: apis_silvatica@parconazionalepantelleria.it

To register for the Meeting, please the form at this link:
www.parks.it/registrazioni/index.php?id_evento=79

A participation fee for attending the Meeting will be arranged and communicated as soon as possible

Unmanaged colony of Apis mellifera settled inside a natural cavity in the vulcanic stone in Pantelleria
Unmanaged colony of Apis mellifera settled inside a natural cavity in the vulcanic stone in Pantelleria
(photo by Paolo Fontana)
Apis mellifera foraging on Limonium secundirameum, an endemic plant from Bagno dell'Acqua lake in Pantelleria
Apis mellifera foraging on Limonium secundirameum, an endemic plant from Bagno dell'Acqua lake in Pantelleria
(photo by Gianpaolo Rampini)
Unmanaged colony of Apis mellifera in the stone walls of a house in Pantelleria
Unmanaged colony of Apis mellifera in the stone walls of a house in Pantelleria
(photo by Paolo Fontana)
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