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An international team of researchers writing in the journal Science has proposed ten clear ways in which governments can protect and secure vital pollination services. The independent scientists made their suggestions as a follow-up to a recent global assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) that confirmed that large-scale declines in wild pollinators are happening in northern Europe and North America. Specifically, the researchers propose that governments raise pesticide regulatory standards, promote integrated pest management (IPM), include indirect and sublethal effects in GM crop-risk assessments, and regulate movement of managed pollinators. In addition, they recommend that leaders develop incentivesto help farmers benefit from ecosystem services instead of agrochemicals, recognize pollination as an agricultural input, and support diversified farming systems. Additionally, they call for governments to conserve and restore green infrastructure, develop long-term monitoring of pollinators and pollination, and fund participatory research on improving yields in organic, diversified, and ecologically intensified farming.

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